People are the true riches in the kingdom of God. People are valuable in the eyes of God. There are only two New Testament commandments, love the Lord your God and love your neighbor. Danny Goke has a song out and the theme is Love God, Love People, it really is that simple. But you can’t love who you don’t see. If you look at a crowd, a city, a country, a family, a company and all you see is the name of the place, you do not see the people. Cities are people, companies are people, families are people, churches are people, countries are people. We cannot make sweeping statements about America and think we know America, for America is people. I believe it is critical that we get back to seeing people. I know things have gotten big, but we need to keep it simple and keep it small, it is really about people. Love God, Love people, it is really that simple.
I was reading Luke 19 this morning and verse one stopped me in my reading, for it describes a man who in that culture would have been seen as of no value, because of what he did. Listen to verse 1 “And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich.” This man was not liked, for he came to take your money, but there was more to him than his job, his exterior, Jesus looked past what everyone else saw and Jesus saw this man’s heart. Jesus even said, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.” (V.9). While the people saw a tax collector, Jesus saw a son of Abraham that was lost, but now was found.
My friends, I pray you see people’s hearts. I know their actions can sometimes be challenging to see past, but so can ours. We have got to get back to seeing people. People are the true riches, people are the treasure and people are hurting, hungry, and wanting other people to see them. Look for the heart when you meet people. Don’t let their title, their attitude, even some of their words, spook you so you miss their heart. There are many buried treasures all around us waiting to be discovered and they are people.