See How Jesus Sees
I was coming out of the Wal-Mart parking lot one afternoon and saw a man standing on the corner begging. He had a little sign that simply said, “Please Help.”
Maybe it was because he said, “please”, or maybe it was because he looked so desperate, I handed him a five dollar bill and he said, “God bless you sir.”
Now, don’t give me undue props for sharing what I had with this man. I gave him that $5.00 without it really affecting me at all. For a fleeting moment I patted myself on the back for my “generosity”, but then reality hit me.
I had given that man $5.00 because I thought that was the right thing to do. It was a very natural response. However, as I drove on down the road I began to question myself. I asked myself, “Did you see that man the way Jesus sees Him or did you just react because you knew it was the right thing to do?”
I had to admit I had not looked on that man the way Jesus looks on him. Jesus looks at him and loves him. I didn’t love him. I felt sorry for him. I only did what I thought a human being should do when they see a person like that on the street.
Jesus taught me a lesson that day. I can’t say for certain that I will react differently the next time such a situation confronts me, but I think maybe I will. Reaching out the car window to hand over money is not all Jesus expects of me in these situations. He expects me to see the person the way He sees him. He expects me to act out of love for a fellow human being.