Have you ever stopped short of giving someone a chance because you could not get past their appearance? Have you ever made a decision about someone before you exchanged conversation? Have you ever…
The sad answer to these types of questions is all too often ‘yes’. We tend to be quick to judge and slow to give those who we see as different from us much of a chance. Part of this is because we are more comfortable around what we know. Part of it is also fear of the unknown.
The sad reality though is that once we move past ou comfort and extend God’s love, we usually find that we are more alike than different. God created each person to be in relationship with others and with God. For those we do not have these relationships in their lives, it is ou call to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to extend a hand in love.
All of Jesse’s handsome, strong sons passed before Samuel except one. With each Samuel thought ‘this is the Lord’s choice’ but he wasn’t. Finally they waited while David was fetched from the fields and he too passed by Samuel. God declared that David was the chosen one and instructed Samuel to anoint him with oil. Samuel was reminded that God does not look at the things that man sees, but He looks at the heart. This is how we are to see as well.
Answer the call to look past the surface. Find that child of God in each you meet today. Extend that hand.
Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 15:34 to 16:13