“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying: ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.’ (Mat.8:5,6)
Great truths can be gleaned from this very touching story. I’d like to point out just one for now, namely the kindness displayed by this centurion towards his servant. He ardently pleaded with the Lord that He heal him. Mind you, this centurion was well to do, a valiant man, extremely influential we learn even with the Jewish religious leaders, and yet humbled himself when coming before the Lord asking nothing for himself but everything for his servant. Not a family member, or a best friend, but a lowly servant! It takes great character, it takes a big person to take such a position on behalf of someone who would be otherwise looked down upon or utterly ignored. And let me assure you such gesture was not lost on the Lord!
We have nothing to loose but everything to gain when treating the less ‘accomplished’ or the less fortunate among us in like manner. If it wasn’t for God’s Grace none of us would fair any better! Some of us would be destitute, some behind bars, some addicted to drugs, some bound by alcohol and sleeping under bridges, and the list goes on and on! In fact, had it not been for God’s Grace we wouldn’t know how to tie our shoes! It’s His Grace and not our merits that we’re blessed with a roof over our heads, with people we love and love us, with health, a car we drive, a job we hold and so much more. Let us always remember that when coming across the ‘lesser’ among us, and be sure to show them the same kindness God has showed us. Again, we have nothing to loose, and they everything to gain when we do so.
A businessman approached a homeless person who was trying to make some money selling pens. Paid for one pen, got back some change and went on his way. After a few minutes he returned hurriedly to where the homeless person was and told him: “If you don’t mind… you gave me back more change than you were supposed to, and I don’t want you to loose any money. After all, you’re a businessman just like me.” Those words so impressed the homeless man, he was determined he was going to work hard and make something of himself. After all, somebody called him a businessman, and made up his mind he was going to be one, and a successful one at that too! And that he did, in just a few short years.
King Solomon writes: “The generous soul will be made rich, and He who waters will also be watered himself” (Pro. 11:25). There is enough pain and misery out there. Wanna make a difference? That is, for eternity? Try kindness! One word, one deed, one soul at a time! It will come back to… bless you!