Looking Down on the Homeless. . .

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The next time you think about looking down on the homeless, try this. Look up to the Lord. And when you look up to the Lord, you will undoubtedly see the homeless in a different light. His light. Why? Because when you look up to the Lord, you will see yourself in the right perspective. When you look up to the Lord who is everything, you will realize that you are nothing without Him. So who are you to raise your nose at the homeless or at anyone else for that matter? Instead of raising your nose with pride and walking the other way, lower yourself in humility and fold your hands in prayer. Ask God if this is the person He wants you to help. Or is it that person over there? Or those people in that far away country? Your wife? Your children? Your next door neighbor? Or anyone else you may have looked down upon? Stop looking down. Look up. To Him. Seek His forgiveness if you find any pride inside your heart. Ask Him to help you to be humble. You will find your life very different when you choose to look up, not down.

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If you think I am looking down in writing this, please know I am actually looking up from where I have fallen. Because I have spent far too much of my life pridefully looking down on the world instead of up at the Lord. Even as a follower of Jesus Christ, I have fallen so very far short. My heart has been bursting at the seams with wickedness – with pride, judgment, arrogance, condemnation, criticism, with fear, with a host of obscenities. I have to repent, over and again, confessing my sins to the Lord and seeking His forgiveness whenever He shows me the wrong I have allowed in my heart. Pride ends in destruction, and I should know. I have lost so much, so many, because I have so often looked down upon the world instead of all the way up to the Lord. I pray often now the Lord would help me to be humble. My life is very different when I choose to look up, not down – just like yours will be if you have to make the same change as I.

The so-called Good Samaritan in the Bible was the third person to see the person in dire need of help. The first person crossed the street and walked away. That first person would have seemed like the likely candidate to come running to the rescue of the person in need. The second person did the very same thing. He walked away. Like the first person, he seemed like the likely candidate to help the person in need. The third person, the so-called Good Samaritan, was the least likely candidate to help the person in need because he was a Samaritan and he would have had to go against the way things were back then to help the person in need. He didn’t walk pridefully away. He walked humbly, and directly, and ever so lovingly to the person in need. And he helped. Who was the one who was neighbor to the one in need, according to the Bible? The one who showed mercy.

God calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. He doesn’t call us to look down on them. Whether your neighbor lives next door, lives in your bedroom with you, lives down the street or across the world, or is the homeless person on the street corner by your workplace, or is the person dying in the hospital that doesn’t have any friends because of the way he lived his life, or is the prisoner who just can’t seem to get his life in order, be the one who shows mercy. Be the one who looks up instead of down. Look up to the Lord. And, in humility, reach your heart and your hand out with the love of Jesus Christ – to a world in need.

25 “And a [a]lawyer stood up and put Him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 And He said to him, “What is written in the Law? [b]How does it read to you?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28 And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”29 But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and [c]beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two[d]denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” 37 And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do [e]the same.” ” Luke 10:25-37 NASB

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,… 1 Peter 5:6 NASB

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