There seems to be a whole mess of hurt out there. Everywhere I turn I see people struggling with depression, people dealing with addictions, people lost in their idols, and couples giving up on their vows. I drive down the street and literally feel the hopelessness on people’s faces. This past week as God has been quiet, I have sat and asked for His heart, to see people the way He sees them. That maybe too great of a request…would a human heart be able to handle seeing people the way He sees them? I am unsure, but I am willing if God is….are you?
Jesus’ greatest ministry wasn’t His power to heal the lame, sick, and leper. His greatest ministry wasn’t casting our demons or giving to the poor. His greatest ministry wasn’t proving the Sadducees or Pharisees wrong. No, His greatest ministry was people….serving the needs of people and not just the elite. He served the needs of all who came to him.
As Jerry prepares to head to Africa these next couple months I realize this isn’t just a “mission trip” anymore, but a “people trip.”. For the first time since I laid my eyes on Jerry I now understand the feeling I had about the call of God on his life that I felt the day I met him. As those that know my husband he is a unique individual where when he meets someone he makes you feel like you are the only one in the world to him. Throughout our marriage Jerry always refers to people he meets as “my friend,” not “that guy” or “that person,” but “my friend.” He genuinely has that “everyone is my friend” perspective, unless given discernment otherwise. When we owned our business people would come all day into the kitchen just to say hello. If we would be out in public and he would see one of his “friends,” he would stop and catch up on their life. Some wives may get annoyed thinking their husband is a social butterfly, but as I remember that feeling I got when I first met Jerry about the call of God on his life, I am given revelation as to why he has such a people focus mentality. He has been prepared this whole time for what God is now finally calling him to do and that is nothing more than building lasting relationships that will have an eternal impact!
How does all this relate to us? I believe that is what God calls every believer to do. “Well, I am not a people person and I have my own problems to deal with, you say?” I don’t necessarily think you have to be a people person to build relationships that are going to have an eternal impact. I believe you can pray for God to help you see people the way He sees them or even better to have the desire to serve people the way He did. I also know from experience that once you begin helping another person, your own needs not only seem less trivial, but God takes care of them in one way or another 🙂
Let’s be honest, people are annoying. We are a fallen, lost, self-centered, self-righteous, prideful, corrupt, deceitful, and sinful people. I know it isn’t easy loving on us, let alone wanting to build relationships, nonetheless, that is exactly what Jesus did. He had relationships with the undesirables, the outcasts, and the unloved. His ministry was people and it should be ours as well!
I want to encourage you to begin praying for God to allow you to see people the way He sees them and to be able to love them the way He loves them. Pray He opens your eyes to their hurt and pain that no one else sees. Once you begin to pray this you will be amazed at how your own needs are met as well. Oh, and don’t take it from me… Philippians 2:1-4
“If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
“And sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.”
1 Peter 4:10-11 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”