SEE BEYOND THE PRESENT

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“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.”
2 Corinthians 5:16, KJV

The popular adage “seeing is believing” is disproved by numerous Biblical examples. One of such is the good land that Lot saw and chose in Genesis 13:10-11, which turned out to be the infamous Sodom and Gomorrah.

Another example is Mary who was betrothed to Joseph, found to be pregnant before the wedding and at the verge of being disgraced (Matt 1:18-19). However, by divine leading, Joseph stuck with her and together, they had the privilege of parenting God in human flesh.

It goes to show that there is more to it than meets the physical eye. This is where spiritual insight comes in.

Let’s read our anchor text again in the Amplified version:

“So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

While others were still debating if He was the Messiah or an impostor, Simeon and Anna had already discerned Him from birth (Luke 2:25-38). Likewise, a believer in Christ, though still undergoing transformation, is now seen by God as a new man. You should too.

When it comes to relationships, young ones tend to see picture-perfect couples on social media and shout “God When?” but we forget that we are all at different stages of life and the not-so-successful ones today may be world-best tomorrow. In the same vein, gold in its raw form is not highly valued until it is purified and all forms of alloyed metals or impurities are extracted.

Hence, it is important to view others rightly, not judging solely on a person’s present but also leaving room for the actualization of potentials.

God has the ability to recognize you by your future. You should also do the same for others, especially in Christian circles. It is important that you recognize and discern the call of God on your friends. This way, your relationships are in alignment with God’s sovereign plan for mankind.

More often than not, that special person you’re considering for a long-term relationship may not look a hundred percent like your dream partner but with spiritual insight, you are able to see beyond the present and look forward to a glorious future with that individual.

“Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].” (1 Corinthians 13:7, AMP)

Folks, your future is at stake here. Many have lost out of good partnerships all because they were too focused on the present. You should not be like Lot’s wife, who at the point of preservation, looked back at what she was supposedly missing, and was turned to a pillar of salt. (Genesis 19:26)

This is certainly not an advocacy for complacency but an emphasis on spiritual discernment. Putting the leading of the Holy Ghost above your plans will save and help you.

Beloved, you must be visionary in your relationships. From today, choose to see beyond the present and discern people by grace.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 20:1-16, Acts 27:1-26, Psalms 44, Leviticus 18-20

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