By: Darrelyn L. Tutt
Lord, You’re not blinded by what others see,
You are so mindful of our frailty;
We see the “outer” and where someone’s been,
You’re always seeking and looking within.
You are not drawn to the noble and wise,
You in Your mercy see those … we despise;
You are the God of unspeakable grace,
You look beyond every label and face:
He was a leper and he was unclean,
He was a person who seldom was seen;
We see a man with inflicted disease;
But You see a heart that is eager to please.
She was a harlot that lived on the street,
She was a someone few wanted to meet;
We see a woman in brazen attire,
But You see a heart with a hurt and desire.
He was a hater, a killer of men,
Hunted down Christians, again and again;
We see a man of incurable hate,
But You see a man with a ministry great.
He was a shepherd, who tended the sheep;
He was the tender of his father’s keep;
We see a boy pretty good with a sling,
But You see the mind and the heart of a king.
She was the woman who stood at the well,
She with the husbands to many to tell;
We see a woman accused and accursed,
But You see a heart of unsatisfied thirst.
She was the widow who threw in the mite,
Poverty stricken and poverty plight;
We see a woman with nothing at all,
But You see a heart that is richer than all.
He was the prodigal brother and son,
He was seeker, a lover of fun;
We see a life that is foolishly spent,
But You see a heart with a need to repent.
Who are the people “you” often despise?
Who are the needy you see with your eyes?
Who wears the label that’s matched with the face?
That person needs mercy, forgiveness, and grace.
Oh the untouchable people we see,
They are no different than you … or than me;
Just broken people who each need to claim;
The mercy that changes the heart … not the name.
*If we were as good at loving people as we are at labeling people;
Think of the testimony that might spring from our lives.
“For you see your calling brethren how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not to bring to nought things that are. That no flesh should glory in His presence.
But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
That according as it is written …. He that glories … let him glory in the Lord.”