by Pastor Tim Burt
John 13:35 "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another."
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think there is one of us who hasn't worried at one time or another (maybe even multiple times) if someone was thinking, I wonder if anyone things I’m a little weird? Is that word too strong? Okay, how about quirky, a little strange, or cut from another cloth. You get the idea. I think everyone wants to be thought of as normal and okay.
At the same time, how many times have you looked around and thought, that person is weird, she is really quirky, he's a little out there if you know what I mean, she has got some major issues, or I'm not sure what planet he's from.
On one hand, we've had this reoccurring thought, "I hope people think I'm normal and nice," and on the other hand, we see a lot of people that we think might qualify for the not quite normal list. There may be a few perfect people out there but I don't know any of them and I am not one of them.
Because we have to deal with people on a continuous basis, we can begin to categorize people without even realizing it and create judgments and mindsets about the way a person is. That might lead us to treating them in a lesser way than they deserve. It happened to John the Baptist. Jesus was teaching His disciples when he explained that the religious leaders of that day categorized John because of the way he looked and conducted his ministry. "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon." (Matthew 11:18) Later, Jesus was preaching and teaching among those same religious leaders and they accused Him also of having a demon. (That must have been the popular word or phrase to put someone down with in that day.) So, there is nothing new under the sun. People were judging and categorizing and putting down people then and continue to do so today. We are all tempted to do so at times.
It is such a temptation to feel superior in some way over others. You might say, I would never feel like that! The truth is, you do have times where you feel like that. None of us want to admit that we would ever feel that way. But, our words slip out categorizing people. Our actions sometimes reflect that we want to avoid types of people because we think they are something less than us. Tell-tale signs that we do see ourselves as better than someone else occasionally show up in our words, thinking, and behavior.
Some people might look like dented cans on a shelf but the touch of God's influence upon their life through you can be a seed of supernatural help and change. God wants us to see others through His eyes and be that touch of His love, not avoidance in their life. It's important to the Lord and carries His reward for you. Mark 9:41 (NIV) "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward."
Philippians 2:3 (NIV) "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves"
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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