Undeniable Dignity

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. (v. 16)

The bed heaved and creaked as she attempted to turn, struggled under her 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 is quite a large person and that might be the first thing you’d notice about the woman in bed, but such a shallow judgment would shortchange 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 delivered 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 exchange and humble experience. — Tammy De Ruyter

Prayer: Abba, Father, help us to see through your eyes, to see the dignity in every person we meet.