You know those Groucho Marx disguise glasses? The ones with bushy eyebrows, big nose and a Mario-style mustache?
How about Devil Horn glasses? You ever see someone wearing those?
When we look at people, we’re either wearing Devil Horn glasses or God goggles.
Do you see people as God sees them or are you looking at people the way Satan does?
The Bible calls Satan “the accuser” (Revelation 12.10). He’s gifted at hurling judgment, criticism, guilt and accusations. His Devil Horn glasses magnify all that’s bad, wrong, ugly and messed-up.
God sees things differently.
He looks at us through the finished work of the cross – through the blood of Jesus. He sees his creation waiting to be redeemed, restored and renewed. He has compassion on us because we are like sheep without a shepherd – needing to be rescued, cared for and protected.
Before he met Jesus, Paul the Apostle wore Devil Horn glasses. He was on the hunt, looking for people to accuse, judge and condemn. Then he met Jesus, experienced grace… and that changed everything.
Here’s what Paul had to say after experiencing God’s grace:
“God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you…” (Ephesians 3.2 NLT).
He went from looking for people to judge to looking for people to extend God’s grace to.
Paul exchanged those Devil Horn glasses for some God Goggles.
We should do the same.