Do you see Him in the homeless man?
Do you see Him in the ex-con?
Do you see Him in the kid filthy and strung out?
Do you see Him in the hungry man holding a sign on the street corner hoping for enough coins to feed his family?
Do you see Him in the man sitting in prison with too many hours to contemplate the mess he’s made of His life and too little belief that he can ever be any better.
Do you hear Him as an angry kid stuck in the system who has never known what a real family feels like?
Do you hear Him cry as the helpless teen-aged girl, pregnant and on her own, not knowing where to turn?
Do you hear Him in the moans of the AIDs patient knowing his days are numbered?
Do you hear Him in the sorrow-filled loneliness of the elderly, alone and forgotten in the sterile halls of the care center?
It is easy to see the lost and hear the cries of those who are tidy and put together; of the banker, business-owner, corporate manager or CEO. Just as it is easy to send a check to a charity that takes care of the other.
But when Jesus told the parable of the sheep and the goats, He said these words:
When you offer a family who has just lost their home to a disaster, you are worshiping
When you give a single mom the nice hand-me-downs for her kids, instead of consigning them or selling them in your next garage sale, you are worshiping
When you take time out of your busy week to visit someone in the hospital, you are worshiping
When you join the prison ministry because you truly believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ changes even the worst among us, you are worshiping
When you have your kids sit down to make “Just Thinking Of You” cards for the elderly in the care centers, and then hand deliver them with a hug – and just sit and listen to them reminisce about the old days, you are worshiping
When you sit down to pen a note to a missionary discouraged and forgotten, you are worshiping
This season as we adore Him, and as we look forward to the New Year, let us purpose in our hearts to adore Him with our deeds.