We must have looked like a motley crew, to those sitting around us. The five of us were sitting close together on a Wednesday night for bible study at church. I sat there and thought to myself, “Wow, look at how God has sat us all together right here tonight.”
To someone sitting around they might have noticed us like this…
- Sitting on the end of the pew was a African-American man who’s reputation in our community is not the best. He’s had a couple of stints in the penitentiary, but he came that night because someone had taken the time to invite him and went to pick him up.
- A little ways down sat a young white man with long hair, but it wasn’t his hair that people noticed … it was his tattoos, lots of them totally covering his arms.
- Sitting just a ways from him was a new couple who were attending church for the first time … ever. He’s Hispanic and she’s not. They live in the neighborhood around our church building and we’ve helped them several times with groceries and their water bill. They have two sweet little girls, one which was sleeping on her mom’s lap. What most sitting around them didn’t know is that they have never been married. When I had invited them to come they tried to balked at coming because they said they didn’t have any clean clothes. They came anyway. I did take notice that when he came in to the building he asked if he should take out his earring, I told him it was fine and we were just glad they came.
- Then there was me. A clean-cut, white minister wearing nice clean clothes and carrying my bible.
I’m sure to some sitting around us, I wasn’t the one that stood out. I’m sure someone noticed a black man, a Hispanic man and his “wife,” or maybe the man covered in tattoos. But what did God see? Not the earring, nor the tattoos. He didn’t notice my ironed shirt or bible. What God saw were five sinners and all desperately in need of a savior. All people who He sent his son to die for … and five people He loves dearly with all His heart.
What will you notice about the people you see today? How about today looking at people through God’s eyes? Instead of seeing a gay man, a divorced woman or a homeless man, how about seeing yourself as someone just like them … a person desperately in need of a Savior. See them as someone God loves with all His heart.