2012-12-18 - Non-Descript
I was recently hoping to point out someone well-known to Richard when we saw him in a public gathering, but I wasn't sure I would be able to. For you see, he was non-descript; there was nothing that would stand out about him. That boarded me onto a train of thought about what Isaiah had to say about our Savior, in a passage that is often read during the Christmas season:
Isaiah 53:2b (NCV) He had no special beauty or form to make us notice him; there was nothing in his appearance to make us desire him.
According to the prophet Isaiah, our Savior wasn't very noticeable by worldly standards. In today's world, he wouldn't be a movie star, probably wouldn't have many "followers" (c) or "friends" (c) in social media.
In fact, isn't that usually Christ's M.O., modus operandi, or method? When we see Christ in this world, He isn't often found in the flashy; rather he's more often evidenced in the simple and humble-spirited people. We aren't to seek him in the glamorous folks; instead, we are to see and serve Him in those in need around us. (See Matthew 25:37-46)
Many of us have long known that Christ didn't fit the model of the expected Messiah; His kingdom was and is spiritual, rather than political.
Sometimes He's in the interruptions rather than in the well-planned day; other times, we may be seeking him in "missions work" in other places, and He may be there. But he's just as likely to be in our own area. There are lonely, hungry, ill people all around us, people with all sorts of needs. We don't have to go overseas to do His "mission work." None of us can help everyone, but every one of us can help someone, even if "all we can do" is the most powerful thing, to pray for them.
I challenge you, this holiday season, to ask God to help you see Christ in unexpected people and places, and that will make the holidays even more meaningful. And when you do, I would enjoy hearing about your experiences.