I was in downtown Atlanta yesterday and there were some things I saw that I would like to briefly tell you about. I was working around a building when my eye caught a place where homeless people must spend the night. It was a bridge that went over a train track. I left there and went to a wealthier part of town and there I saw those who were making a nice living and looking at expensive automobiles. I saw a young woman that had tattoos and I thought to myself, why, would she want to put those meaningless tattoos on her; doesn’t she know they will never come off. It is easy to see others and make a quick decision about them. But wait a minute is that what I really saw? Is that what Jesus wanted me to see; sorry no good homeless people; wealthier people who have made a good living and then that young lady that allows someone to put non removable ink on her; was she no good? Where did I come up with this kind of thinking? Did I not see people that didn’t have a home that Jesus loves. Did I not also see some important people that Jesus loves and then the young lady who I passed judgment on was she not also loved by Jesus.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
“ For God so loved the world” who is in this world that Jesus loves? Homeless, drug addicts, bankers, tattoo artist, educated as well as the uneducated, those who have homes, Jesus doesn’t see others the way that I do and I must confess I must see others the way Jesus does or else I will continue to put names on the ones Jesus cares about and loves.