Friday, January 23, 2009
God looks beyond our faults...
Some people say first impressions really matter. Some people may attempt to make a judgment after being around someone for a few weeks- maybe a couple of months. During those times of waiting to see who people really are, we may decide, 'Well, I know to stay away from this person because of this or that'.
Maybe they appear to have a nasty attitude. Maybe they are standoffish or don't have much to say to the most friendly person. As humans, naturally, we don't want anyone around our family or close friends who may cause conflict or bring a certain 'spirit' around us. Though being careful is necessary, should we think too carefully about them by possibly allowing fleshly feelings to get in the way how God may use you to reach that person?
One thing I've learned growing up is that God is no respector person. He doesn't save only those who have the sweetest attitudes. God uses any and every available person who submits to His will and decides to follow Him.
God can use the drunk on the street to become a preacher and lead many to Christ. God can use a drug user/dealer to do the same. If God can look at people and see what they can become, why is it so hard for us to do the same?
I believe this is a part of ministry and service to God- compassion. We serve such an awesome God that looks beyond our faults and sees our needs. Think of where you were when before you accepted Christ. None of us were perfect. And if God wanted to, he could have zapped us from the face of the earth and send us all to hell. But he didn't. He looked at us in Grace and saw who we could become if we only submitted to His will.
Let me encourage you today. If you meet someone and they don't automatically come across as friendly or likeable or if they appear to have the nastiest attitude- don't run from them. Don't ignore them. Instead, show yourself friendly anyway. You never know how God can use you to reach that person deep inside and be a huge impact on their lives. You may be the one God uses to help them.
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (John 15:12-14)
Posted by Kennisha Hill