Let’s have our eyes open to what God may want to show us…
“The next day John SAW Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘LOOK, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.’ Then John gave this testimony: I SAW the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you SEE the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I have SEEN and I testify that this is God’s chosen one. The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he SAW Jesus passing by, he said, ‘LOOK the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus SAW them following and asked, ‘What do you want?’ They said, ‘Rabbi, where are you staying? ‘Come’ he replied, ‘and you will SEE.’ So they went and SAW where he was staying and they spent that day with him. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah.’ And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus LOOKED at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You will be called Peter which means Rock.’” John 1:29, 32-42
God calls us to come…see…look. When the disciples asked him where he was staying, he asked them to come and see for themselves. He does the same for us.
We look, we see, we follow. We open our eyes to see all that God is doing our us. But, sometimes, it’s not what we see but how we see that causes our vision to be limited. Genesis 3:7 tells the story of Adam and Eve, whose eyes were opened. And they hid. Since the fall, our sight is still very limited.
We see through the lenses of our lives—of our hurt, of our fears, and of our sin. Those lenses affect how we see life, how we see others, how we see ourselves, and how we see God. The Enneagram is a tool we use a lot at Daystar to help us understand the lenses we use. And, we happen to have actual lenses (glasses) to illustrate each number on the Enneagram. (See attached picture).
How a 1 or Perfectionist Looks at the World:
Ones work hard in all things, and put a lot of pressure on themselves to fix what’s wrong. They see imperfection, and struggle with judging others--but most often themselves. They often see what’s not right first, and, therefore, can have trouble either letting it go enough to rest in the imperfection or to believe the best about others in the midst of that imperfection. Again, this is truest when it comes to themselves, but ripples out to the world and people around them. Jesus would want you to take off your glasses and rest…in the disorder, in the imperfection, and in His love for you and others.
How a 2 or Helper Looks at the World:
Twos shift the focus from themselves to others. They’re always trying to determine how they can earn love. They give and give, hoping the love will be returned, and even sometimes manipulating to try to ensure that it is. Two’s can be defensive about their own shortcomings, believing others should see them in the most positive and kindest light. For two’s, Jesus doesn’t want you to always have to work hard to make yourself indispensable. He wants you to let His Spirit help you start to believe you’re loved just as you are.
How a 3 or Achiever Looks at the World:
A three is also known as a performer. They are hardworking, winsome and successful, but can have trouble leaving the stage. They enjoy the spotlight and all eyes on them…wanting others to think good and fabulous thoughts about the person they have on display. Jesus wants three’s to remember they are not what they do…they are more than their successes and achievements.
How a 4 or Romantic Looks at the World:
Fours want to look at the world with lenses with flair. They shy away from the ordinary in life and try to avoid the ordinary in themselves, believing they have to stand out in some way in order to be noticed. Jesus wants four’s to take their glasses off. Four’s won’t know that they’re truly unique in who he has made them to be until they let go of trying to create their own uniqueness. Jesus wants fours to know they are loved for who they are…in all their special-ness and normal-ness, too.
How a 5 or Investigator Looks at the World:
Fives are interesting, intelligent people, with a drive to know and understand the world around them. Fives can fall into believing that knowledge insulates them…from emptiness and from people. The more they know, the safer and more removed they will be. As a result, fives can feel disconnected and even superior, at times. Jesus calls fives to be free in who they are, without the trappings of knowledge. And to trust in the security and insulation that his love brings.
How a 6 or Loyalist Looks at the World:
Sixes are profoundly loyal. You want sixes on your team. They come alongside with kindness, work hard, and do it out of their desire to support you. Under the surface, however, they are constantly vigilant. They lack trust…of others, of themselves, and often, of God. Jesus calls out to the sixes, saying, “Come.” He sees you. With all of the protection up, however, it can be hard for you to see and trust him. He wants sixes to trust in his protection and his desire to take care of you. He wants you to set your fear aside and live both in the moment and in his love.
How a 7 or Adventurer Looks at the World:
Sevens are fun. They are up for an adventure and want to keep the fun and adventure going at all times, and in all situations. Their lenses are the proverbial rose-colored glasses. They lead the parade, tossing confetti, unaware, however, that they’re often hitting others in the face with their elbows as they toss. In their commitment to fun and avoidance of pain, sevens also lose awareness of others. Jesus invites sevens to lay their glasses down because they can blind others. He calls them to find wonder in the simplest of things. Although his path sometimes involves pain and plodding obedience, he wants sevens to remember that his path involves more good and more ultimate glory than can be found anywhere else.
How an 8 or Challenger Looks at the World:
Eights are strong. They’re natural leaders and defenders of the defenseless. They promote justice and value directness. In their strength, however, they can run over those who get in their way. They control, fearful of being in vulnerable positions and being controlled. Jesus is very direct with the eights of the world. He calls you to take off your glasses. He wants you to be free and to not have to be in control, because he is. And he’s got this…in really amazing ways
How a 9 or Peacemaker Looks at the World:
Nines are delightful to have around. They are for you. They laugh with you when you laugh and cry with you when you cry. In so doing, they can lose themselves and their own voices in the process. They also become paralyzed when overwhelmed. As a nine, Jesus calls you to step into the fray…to use your voice. He doesn’t want you to disappear into the world or the needs of others. He wants you to know that you are called, too, and that you have light and truth to bring to the world that no one else can.
Jesus calls you…whether you’re a 1 or a 9 or something in between, to come and SEE for yourself. You have light and truth to offer the world. You see it a certain way. We all do. But, you can take your glasses off with trust in His plan for your life and your good. You can take your glasses off in confidence of His love for you. And you can take your glasses off in freedom of His life-changing grace that covers the ways that all of us see the world.