This sermon is part of the sermon series "Doing Good". See series.
Introduction: What now?
For five weeks we have been teaching ourselves to see what Jesus sees and feel what Jesus feels, as we make our way through our days. I've found that it has opened my eyes and my heart to people in some powerful and sometimes disturbing ways.
One night a couple weeks ago I stopped at local convenience store to pick up some milk. Normally, I'm not sure I would have noticed the guy behind the counter, but this series has me noticing people I might not otherwise notice and paying more attention to them. My first thought was to feel bad for anyone who had to work the night shift in a convenience store, stuck behind a counter by yourself all night with nothing to look at but lottery tickets, chewing tobacco, and beef jerky. He looked to be in his thirties and that those years had been pretty rough on him. For some reason, his scanner wasn't reading the barcode of the milk, and he was having a hard time ringing up the sale. I asked if he wanted me to get another, but he gruffly said "No," even though he was getting more and more frustrated. I tried to engage him in a bit of conversation, just to lighten the mood, but he wasn't responding. When the sale finally went through, I smiled and said "Thanks," but he never even looked at me.
As I drove home in the dark, I couldn't get him out of my mind. I know that man is loved and valued by God, but does he know that? I know there's a community of believers here that would warmly welcome and love him, but does he know that? I know that God has important work for him to do, that he was put on this earth for a reason, that he can glorify God in a way no other human being can, but does he know that? I don't think so.
But what am I supposed to do? Reach over the counter, ...
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