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This summer I was blessed to spend a week serving in Guatemala. A verse that came to me daily during our time in Guatemala was from the passage where Jesus is speaking to the rich young ruler. Though Christ knew the sin in the young man's heart, he had an extreme amount of compassion toward him. Scripture reads, "Jesus looked at him and loved him" (Mark 10:21).
One of my greatest prayers before going on this trip was that God would give me his heart and his love for his people there. My prayer was that though our cultures and daily lives are immensely different, I would see them as he sees them.
Our first interaction with the people there was in a mountain village, where Lisa and I spoke about God's love to a group of widows. As I looked at their faces and saw them interact with their children, God opened my eyes to his love for them. I saw them not for our differences, but for what we share - broken people in need of a savior, women seeking to take care of our children - and I knew that God loves each of them immensely. And somehow, by the mercy of God, day after day, I was able to look at the people to whom we ministered and experience just a portion of the love God has for them.
It made me wonder why I'm less likely to look at people with immediate love and compassion when I'm going through my daily life in the States. I'm convicted that if I'm really going to walk as Christ walked, the calling on my life is to look with love upon everyone I encounter - impatient shoppers in front of me or behind me in the checkout line, the weary receptionist at the doctor's office, and those who are hard to love. I'm convicted that the only way I can walk in that love is to seek to draw nearer to God in the quiet moments of my life. If I'm not seeking to be filled with his love, I'm not able to immediately look at others and love them.
As we follow God's calling on our lives, to love him and love others, may we truly be known by our love.
Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." Mark 10:21