After a networking meeting in our local area, I was approached by a homeless man asking for a meal. He did not ask for money. He asked that I go into one of the restaurants across the street and buy him a pizza, a simple request and one easily granted. The person I was speaking with at the time was disconcerted that I would easily engage in a conversation with a street person in the same manner that I spoke with him. The contrasts could not have been greater: A professional in business attire, well-groomed from head to toe versus a man in tattered, dirty clothes, sweaty, unwashed hair, unshaven, and not a thing to recommend him except that both are children of the God I serve. Both are valued and valuable.
I do not know the status of either my colleague or the homeless man with Christ. I know that regardless of the state there are in, they are seen and loved by God. He waits for each to come to Him. Anything that I can do for them from the blessings God has bestowed on me, I hope that I will do it unfailingly.
Job 31:13–23 (NKJV)
13 If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant
When they complained against me,
14 What then shall I do when God rises up?
When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?
15 Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have kept the poor from their desire,
Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
17 Or eaten my morsel by myself,
So that the fatherless could not eat of it
18 (But from my youth I reared him as a father,
And from my mother’s womb I guided the widow);
19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
Or any poor man without covering;
20 If his heart has not blessed me,
And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
When I saw I had help in the gate;
22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder,
Let my arm be torn from the socket.
23 For destruction from God is a terror to me,
And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.