Judge Not That Ye Be Not Judged
How many times have you looked at a person and make some remark about them? What was the remark based upon? Usually it is the outward looks. Maybe it was the color of their skin, what they were wearing, the length of their hair, or maybe their hair style.
I remember a time many years ago when I judged a person by their outer appearance. It was on a Wednesday night and we had this man come into the services. He wasn’t dressed very nice and during the service I was wondering why he had come. At the conclusion of our Wednesday night service I saw the man making his way to the front of the church to talk to me. My reaction was, “Here comes a bum to beg money from me.” I was broke and was having car problems and wasn’t sure what I was going to do because I didn’t have the money. Now here comes a man and he wants money from me. I was also thinking that the church was behind in paying me and knew they didn’t have money to give to him. When he finally came to where I was I said to myself I need to handle this right because others are watching. The man asked to talk to me in private. That was a signal to me that he was going to hit me up for money.
I took the man to my office and he sat down in the chair across from me. He told me he was sorry for the way he looked but he had just got off work and he had to hurry to get to church on time so he could be in the service. He had driven over 100 miles to be in our services. He told me that God had spoken to him and told him to give me something and that is why he came. He stuck his hand out and placed in my hand some money. Since it was only one bill I assumed it was 10 or 20 dollars. I told him thanks and had prayer with him.
I stuck the money into my pocket and later that night when I got home I decided to see how much it was. I was shocked! It was a hundred dollar bill. Boy was I ever humbled then. I asked God to forgive me for judging that man. Sometimes God uses those who we least expect to bless us.