Sizeable Dignity

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Regard no one from a human point of view. (v. 16)

The bed heaved and creaked as she attempted to turn, struggled under the tremendous weight, then settled as she finally got into position. “Nurse, would you please come in and change my diaper?” she asked, as the white-clad woman bustled into the room. Esther’s enormous size might be the first thing you’d notice about the woman in bed, but such a shallow judgment would short-change you both. She is the most active and alert resident in the home.

Paul exhorts us to not look at others with human eyes (v. 16). Anyone who is in Christ, says Paul, has been made into a new creation (v. 17). Through Jesus believers have become “the righteousness of God” (v. 21), and through him we possess a dignity that surpasses human achievement. What do you see when you look at other people? Change your perspective and train your “eyes” to “walk by faith, not by sight” (5:7). See the new creation!

Esther’s request to the nurse was done in a polite tone that suggested matter-of-factness—as routine as brushing your teeth—and merited the respect of both parties. The respect was given and received. With candor and openness, the dignity for life itself was shared in that simple and humble experience.

PRAYER

Abba-Father, help us to see through your eyes: dignity for life.