” 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