The Least, Lost, and Lonely

“He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.”Psalm 72:12-14 (NLT)

In the midst of a busy moment, who would you stop for?

One of the problems with human nature is that we rate people by their worth. On a scale of 1-10 people like Bill Gates, Billy Graham, or the President of the United States would probably rate at the top of the scale whereas the homeless guy with his sign on the corner would rate at the bottom. People are highly rated because of their reputation, position they hold or the resources they might bring to the table. People are lowly rated because honestly we don’t feel they have much to offer us. This kind of thinking perpetuates poverty, racial discord and even the discussions about abortion and euthanasia. 

Yet to the one who holds the greatest position in the universe, human life is precious. God loves the least, lost and lonely just as passionately as the best, brightest and most beautiful. One day Jesus will sit down face to face with the believer who is helpless and homeless and be just as interested in his life, as he will Billy Graham. 

Plenty of people on the planet live life giving attention to the special people and ignoring the least, lost, and lonely. Will you be one who throws away the human rating scale and start taking interest in whomever God puts in your path? 

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” – Matthew 25:44-45 (NIV)

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