Everyone has a purpose
“To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.”
I was told the story of the great Syrian general who suffered from leprosy, his body was ravaged. In sympathy, his maid servant suggested that he should go to her country of origin to visit the prophet Elisha, who she knew was a man of God.
In desperation he took her advice and rode out to see the prophet. When he arrived they asked him what he wanted and he was not even ushered into the house but was asked to go and dip himself seven times in the muddy waters of the River Jordan.
At first he was taken aback at the instruction and the reception he had received because the prophet did not even take time to come out and meet him, but he just issued an instruction for him to follow in order to find salvation.
What was even more astounding for him was the instruction to go and dip himself seven times in a river that he perceived as dirty. Eventually he decided to follow the instruction and dipped himself in the river. To his amazement, his skin cleared, it became as tender as that of a child.
How many times have we looked down on people because of their appearance or circumstances? How many times have we lost out on potentially great opportunities because of how we perceive people?
The mighty general chose to take the advice of the servant girl and because of that he was healed. The lesson to be learnt today is that, despite appearances, so many of the people that surround you have been sent to be in your space by the Lord above. How you relate to them and how you perceive them should be entirely based on the fact that these are people who were made in the image of the Lord and therefore they have value and purpose.
Every so often we are tempted to look down on people because of their background, social position or financial status. As you go about your day-to-day business do not use these yardsticks to view, judge and treat people.
Everyone has a purpose to fulfil, it may be hidden or unclear to you and only after some time has elapsed do you realise why God placed them in your life. This week spend time appreciating and affirming all the wonderful people the Lord has placed in your life that you have been overlooking.
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