"'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'" Matthew 25:38-40 NKJV
Imagine that you just got married, and in your first year of marriage, one of the special things you and your new spouse do together is get a puppy. Imagine looking into the windows as you pass by each cage, looking for one of your favorite breeds of dogs. Suddenly you come upon an older dog—not at all the cute puppy either of you had in mind. He has a foul smell and a noticeably flaky skin condition. Although many of us would feel compassion for this dog, not many of us would gravitate toward the undesirable one. It’s just not human nature.
While people are obviously worth infinitely more than any dog, I still want to relate the concept. Think of the type of people you like to be around,you know—your favorites! Some of us just prefer not to step outside the safety of our families and maybe a few close friends. Others of us who are more extroverted may like to seek out those who are athletes, intellectuals, good-looking, popular, or wealthy. You may not think you would stoop so low as to prefer one person over the other for such a shallow reason, but let’s be honest with ourselves here: Think about what turns you off about certain people. Do bad smells repulse you? How do you treat someone who people generally try to avoid? Do you let political or socioeconomic differences push you away from some? Do children irritate you? How do you react to people who treat you poorly?
Let me bring this concept home: YOU are an ambassador. YOU are on a daily mission. As a believer, your agenda isn’t your own; it was heaven sent and hand-selected for you to accomplish for the Kingdom that you represent. Your job is to represent Jesus to everyone— no discrimination or preferences. If you are wondering how much a person is worth, know that they are worth the life of Jesus. Yes, He died for every. Single. One. If you find that you don’t give people the time of day that are “not your type,” then remember, they are Jesus’ type; therefore, they are indeed your type! They are priceless.
Lord, today I want to represent You in such a way that love and value ooze out of me. Thanks for more than enough love and words for everyone I could touch for Your sake.
In Jesus' name, Amen
Is there someone who you have been avoiding showing the love of Jesus? I'm
not asking you to be controlled by someone who would pull you into a weird situation; rather I'm asking you to be kind to them and to pray for them.
Look into the eyes of the next person you come across who isn't your type. Do you see Jesus? Remember, that as you do unto the least of these, you do unto Him.