Seeing Potential

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About 350 years ago a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year they established a town site. The next year they elected a town government. The third year the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness.

In the fourth year the people tried to impeach their town government because they thought it was a waste of public funds to build a road five miles westward into a wilderness. Who needed to go there anyway?

Here were people who had the vision to see three thousand miles across an ocean and overcome great hardships to get there. But in just a few years they were not able to see even five miles out of town. They had lost their pioneering vision. With a clear vision of what we can become in Christ, no ocean of difficulty is too great. Without it, we rarely move beyond our current boundaries.

If you are doing Lifeway’s VBS, then you are SUBMERGED this Summer!  Here are a few quick thoughts for us as adults who work or who support those who work during VBS.  In each of the 5 stories this year a common thread is sight:  what the people saw vs. what Jesus saw.

People saw…

  • Zacchaeus – thief
  • Woman at the Well – immoral
  • Nicodemus – seeker
  • Blind Man – disabled
  • Children – distractions

Jesus saw what they could be not what they were.

  • Zacchaeus – potential to be saved
  • Woman at the Well – potential to be saved
  • Nicodemus – potential to be saved
  • Blind Man – potential to be saved
  • Children – potential to be saved

Every time people would see their past, Jesus would see their potential.

Jesus SAW them.  Do we SEE them?

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