Recently, I met a homeless man named “Tim” who stopped me to ask a favor.

“Pardon me.”

Our gazes met, and in his eyes, I saw Jesus. Have you ever looked into someone’s eyes and seen Jesus?

“Can I ask you a favor?” he asked – hesitantly.

“Sure.” Why wouldn’t I let Jesus ask me a favor?

I never really figured out what favor he had to ask, besides the fact that he just wanted someone to talk with. He never asked me for any thing, though he seemed desperate for affection. Mother Teresa said that the most terrible poverty is loneliness – the feeling of being unloved.

As we talked, Tim began to tell me how worthless he was – how dirty he was – how dead he was inside. He spoke so hatefully of himself, but all I saw when I looked into his eyes was Jesus. Looking into his eyes, I felt intense love – though I know it was only a portion of the deep love that Tim’s heavenly Father feels toward him.

The message I had for Tim was the good news that he is not worthless, but deeply valued. Jesus counted him worthy of love, even at the price of His own death, and the blood of Jesus washes him completely clean and gives him brand new life!

I was with several friends, and after talking and praying with him, we asked him to join us at a party. He came along, as we assured him we wanted to hang out with him. I really enjoyed my afternoon with him, and I sensed Jesus so near, teaching me. I hope Tim also knew the love of God better after our time together.

The truth is, we are all on a journey – plumbing the depths and heights of this marvelous love of God.

I hope you are intentionally journeying deeper in His love and taking the time to stop and express that love to the ones God brings across your path!

“And, I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” -Ephesians 3:17b-19

 

 

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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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