He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. (Mark 6:1-6 ESV)
Whenever someone says “What you see is what you get,” that’s exactly what they mean. How you view them and whatever you see is what you are going to get out of them.
Your perception determines everything. The way you perceive determines what you will receive. Even Jesus was effected by this principle. The same Jesus who walked on water, calmed the storm, cast out demons, gave sight to the blind, made the lame to leap, raised the dead; could only heal a few sick people because of the way the people saw Him. Instead of seeing Him as the Messiah, the Christ, all powerful God; they looked at Him as a lowly carpenter’s son. Instead of seeing Him as the Son of God, they saw Him as the son of man.
So many times we limit God’s activity and ability in our lives because we look at how big our problem is and not how big our God is. Instead of rising above our situation and looking down on it, we tend to sink low and look up at it. We seem to fight for victory in our life and not fight from victory because the battle has already been won for us by Jesus.
So how are you seeing things? Ask God to open your eyes in order that you may see the way He sees. Trust me, if you do that, your life will never be the same.