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“I Spy” with revelation eyes


When I was kid we played “I Spy.” It was a simple guessing game, but it kept us occupied when the electricity was knocked out. I tried my best to see things that were just out of view, hidden, protected and secret things that you might miss if your eyes were not looking for them.

I am still learning to play that game, but now that I’ve grown older my focus is not on things. Now I focus on finding the hidden, the protected, the secret talents and gifts inside people. It’s a work of faith. To see the revealing of God’s gifts before others have noticed is faith in action.

In a way Jesus played a little “I Spy” when he called his disciples. He saw hidden character, hidden gifts, hidden abilities that, in years to come, would make a stunning impact of the world. When he called them, they seemed to be nothing more than a collection of disconnected misfits. But, Jesus had the revelation look. He could see open hearts and buried talent long before it oozed to the surface.

You have that “revelation look.” Because of Jesus and the gift of God’s Spirit, you can see the hidden, the unnoticed gifts and abilities. You can see what is to be revealed. Don’t doubt it just because you haven’t experienced it. Believe and ask God to take the blinders off.

At least two things keep us from experiencing revelation eyes: One, our cynical world has pushed us to see the negative before we see anything else. Two, we don’t really take the time to see beyond the surface. The “revelation look” takes time. It requires a heartfelt focus on people, one person at a time. And it builds “good old fashioned friendship.”

Friends know us, good and bad, our public self and our private self. A good friend sees our hidden talents and gifts and reveals them sometimes before we become aware of them.


Over the last few years, one of my favorite books is Same kind of different as me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. If you haven’t read this book, get it today and read it asap.

A little less than halfway through the book Ron Hall (Art buyer) and Denver Moore (homeless man) are hanging out at a Fort Worth Starbucks drinking fancy coffee:

Denver spoke slowly and deliberately, keeping me pinned with that eyeball, ignoring the Starbucks groupies coming and going on the patio around us.

“I heard that when white folks go fishin they do something called ‘catch and release.'”

Catch and release? I nodded solemnly, suddenly nervous and curious at the same time.

“That really bothers me.” Denver went on. “I just can’t figure it out. Cause when colored folks go fishin, we really proud of what we catch, and we take it and show it off to everybody that’ll look. Then we eat what we catch…in other words, we use it to sustain us. So it really bothers me that white folks would go to all that trouble to catch a fish, then when they done caught it, just throw it back in the water.”

He paused again, and the silence between us stretched a full minute. Then: “Did you hear what I said?”

I nodded afraid to speak, afraid to offend.

Denver looked away, searching the blue Autumn sky, then looked at me again with that drill-bit stare. “So, Mr. Ron, it occurred to me: If you is fishin for a friend you just catch and release, then I ain’t got no desire to be your friend.”

The world seemed to halt in midstride and fall silent around us like one of those freeze-frame scenes on TV. I could hear my heart pounding and imagined Denver could see it popping my breast pocket up and down. I returned Denver’s gaze with what I hoped was a receptive expression and hung on.

Suddenly his eyes gentled and he spoke more softly than before: “But if you is lookin for a real friend, then I’ll be one. Forever.”

It was a revelation. The real Denver Moore was to be revealed.


It’s time to pull “revelation look” out of lockup. Begin with your friends and then move on to people you barely know.

Ask God to show you what’s inside. And, let the Holy Spirit do his thing. It may take some time, but trust the God who already knows what you are about to see.

Wait for it….

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June 26, 2011 | 0 Comments More