Today’s Scripture: James 2:4-5 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
Back when my dad was in Bible college, his college had the opportunity to buy a beautiful, newer facility. The staff were discussing where they could find adequate funding for such a large purchase. Overhearing the conversation, the janitor, who always looked like he was barely surviving, asked, “How much does the check need to be for?” Everyone on staff turned around with a look of surprise. I am sure each one of those staff members wished they could take their facial expressions back, because that janitor wrote a check for the entire amount without batting an eye.
Just as those college staff members misjudged the janitor, it is just as easy for us to treat people wrongly based on what we see. Our sinful flesh only sees the quality of a person’s clothes, how new their car is or how well their hair is done. However, our spiritual eyes see the value of a person no matter what their presentation. When we look with heavenly eyes, we will view a janitor the same way we see a senator. Rather than looking at clothing choices or making assumptions based on what degree someone possesses, we must strive to see each person as Christ does and share His love with them.
This week, the Lord may put someone in your path who seems unimportant or undesirable. The truth is, there are no unimportant people. There is not a single soul who does not need to see the love of God and hear the gospel of grace. You never know how that undesirable person may touch your life or the lives of countless others whom you may never meet. See the world through Heaven’s eyes.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.