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Who’s Beautiful?….

 Romans 13:8

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”
In this year of economic uncertainty and talk of “upside down” mortgages, credit card limit reductions and much personal debt – our country has really been through it – and it seems everyone has been hit with it in one way or another.  The market value for homes is down – people having trouble getting and qualifying for loans – people are out of work – or starting new businesses – yes – things are tough.
I love the above scripture which reminds me again that financial debt is not good for anyone – and we should seek to live with no or very little if at all possible – but that we do still have a “debt” to love others.  That’s the kind of debt that I can live with – it will bring fullness to my life – and fulfill the law of Christ.
I was reading my friend Mike’s blog today – he posted an article about a hitchhiker – and the Christian man who felt compelled to pick him up.  It brought a dialogue and understanding about the poor and homeless that this man had never had before – actually was able to see the man as Jesus would see him.  As Jesus does see him.  It changed his life – looking through the eyes of Jesus.
I was thinking about that today – as I was busy going to an appointment with my daughter for her wedding dress fitting – and then to the theater to rehearse a production that I am directing.  Busy, Busy – BUSY!!!  I was really challenged by that article – and something that was said in it – that often times – okay MOST times we pass by people who have their hand out – thinking, “I’m not going to give them money – they’re just going to buy alchohol and drugs with it”  And not really seeing beyond that – and really seeing them.  I have always believed – that if Jesus were walking around in our time – he would be in the inner city – in the slums – in the “marketplace” of humanity – as my friend Ron stated in his article a few days ago.  If that’s where Jesus would be – what in the world are we doing in our comfortable homes and churches???  Now I’m not that radical to sell my home and live in the streets of Seattle – but somehow I know that’s where Jesus would be.  Something to think about.
Another point in Mike’s blog – the Christian man who picked up the homeless “hitchhiker” said he was amazed at how beautiful the man was – it wasn’t what he had expected at all – maybe he was seeing through fresh eyes of Jesus.  If we viewed people like Jesus – they would all be beautiful to us too.  We would have not the stress and arguements – fussing and fighting with our brothers and friends.  We would see them as worth loving – see them as beautiful.  I don’t know about you – but that’s a debt that I can live with – love.
My prayer for you this evening is this:  That you too would experience seeing people through the eyes of Jesus.  That the people you come in contact with would become beautiful to you.  Those that you work with, rub shoulders with – who are in your family – or those that you are out of relationship with.
I am praying for you
God Bless

Comments on: "Who’s Beautiful?…." (4)

  1. Thanks for sharing that, Mike – you would know first hand how it feels to have genuine – non judgemental people around you and the love of Jesus to rescue you. Very inspiring. Thanks, my friend.

  2. I don’t talk about it much, but I was homeless for a while because of my addictions. YES, it was my fault, but all I wanted was Jesus, I just had no idea how to get Him. I just needed someone to come along and put an arm around me instead of an insult. Jesus surrounded me with good people who cared and loved me where I was. Now I try to do the same for others. The needy always had a special place in the heart of Jesus.

  3. That’s a very good point – Jesus saw people who they really were – past any facade of religion or of pride. He hung around genuine – authentic people. They didn’t scare Him away – He saw inside of them to who they were and ignored the awkward attempts at trying to just “be”. And people loved Him because of that reason. He didn’t turn people away because they didn’t look a certain way – or smell a certain way – He accepted – He LOVED. I’m sure Peter and the other fishermen were pretty raw and unpolished men – it didn’t bother Him – He just said, “Follow Me” – and they didn’t hesitate – they just did. That’s powerful.

  4. Great article Cindy; I have read our buddy Mike’s article too – very compelling, and I like the way you described the way Jesus saw people…on the inside.
    To expand on this theme into our suburbs; I see Jesus at some of our block parties and other gatherings (which kinds of gatherings Jesus seemed to frequent too), where people who don’t always see things as we “church goers” do hoist a budweiser and tell off-color jokes. So many of these people (maybe some of our own neighbors) feel lost, alone, and insecure, many of them feeling the weight of strained marriages and shattered dreams. Jesus is there too, getting into their worlds when we tend to stand back and not want to become involved in their lives.
    We should be Jesus to the man on the street in obvious need as well as the man next door who places a “facade” over his obvious need.

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