How Do I Learn to See as Christ Sees?

Through the scriptures, we can learn to see others as Christ sees them.
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The writer Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” (“Marcel Proust,” Guardian, July 22, 2008).

To see others as Christ sees them is a gift that we need to seek after. Read through the following scriptures and quotes to learn what the Savior teaches about seeking for that specific gift.

Ephesians 1:18 is worded differently in various translations of the Bible. The following are a few examples:

  • “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (King James Version)

  • “That the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (New International Version)

  • “Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened” (Revised Standard Version)

  • “That your hearts will be flooded with light” (Living Bible)

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that “Jesus Christ is our greatest example. He was surrounded by multitudes and spoke to thousands, yet He always had concern for the one. . . . We must be concerned for the one” (Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Concern for the One,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 18).

  • What does it mean to see with your heart?

President James E. Faust (1920–2007) of the First Presidency said, “In the story The Little Prince, the fox was wiser than he knew when he said, ‘Now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye’ (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, trans. Katherine Woods [1943], 70)” (James E. Faust, “Our Search for Happiness” [Brigham Young University devotional, Sept. 4, 1999], 4).

  • What are some of the essential things that we need to see in our students that we cannot see with our natural eyes?

“Let him that is ignorant learn wisdom by humbling himself and calling upon the Lord his God, that his eyes may be opened that he may see, and his ears opened that he may hear;

“For my Spirit is sent forth into the world to enlighten the humble and contrite, and to the condemnation of the ungodly” (Doctrine and Covenants 136:32–33).

  • How do humility and contriteness help us to see others the way our Savior sees them? What must we be willing to do to become more humble and contrite?

The Revised Standard Version translation of Hebrews 4:13 reads, “And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

Our Savior sees each of us perfectly. The only way that we will be able to see as He sees is to become more like Him.

  • What Christlike attribute can you better emulate in your own life to become more like Him?

“And also that they might give thanks to the Lord their God, who had brought them out of the land of Jerusalem, and who had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies, and had appointed just men to be their teachers, and also a just man to be their king, who had established peace in the land of Zarahemla, and who had taught them to keep the commandments of God, that they might rejoice and be filled with love towards God and all men” (Mosiah 2:4).

  • Are there any changes that you need to make in your life so that you can better keep the commandments?

Elder Marvin J. Ashton (1915–94) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that “we learn to love that which we serve, and we serve that which we love” (Marvin J. Ashton, “We Serve That Which We Love,” Ensign, May 1981, 24).

Love is an action verb, and we love that which we serve.

  • How can you serve your students?

“Behold thou hast a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and cometh from above—

“And if thou wilt inquire, thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous; therefore thou shalt exercise thy gift, that thou mayest find out mysteries, that thou mayest bring many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, convince them of the error of their ways” (Doctrine and Covenants 6:10–11).

Spiritual gifts need to be sought after.

  • How are you seeking after the gift to see your students and those you work with as the Savior sees them?