Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jesus In Disguise

Don't you see that children are God's best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior's fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don't stand a chance against you;
you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.

~Psalm 127:3-5 (The Message)

Most societies in the world see things differently from God.  Not all children are precious.  Many cultures devalue female children.  Or children who have deformities.  Or little ones with physical ailments.  Or even ones that aren’t as good looking as others in their culture.  Or in our own society, many place no value on unborn children.

Now I want you to imagine a little orphan girl who is HIV positive and who was born with a skin disease that made her face look unbecoming.  Would you say that this little girl is the least of the least?  And yet this is the very child that the Lord handpicks and calls special. 

“The least of these…”

When I was in China picking up one of our daughters, I was approached by a beggar outside The Forbidden City in Beijing.  His toothless mouth shivered open to say something but the words would not come out.  His breath was as bad as one can imagine.  But the most frightening feature of this old man was his eyes.  He had none!  And he didn’t wear sunglasses to hide what was not there.  There were deep holes in his head.  I wouldn’t even call them sockets.  They were caverns.

At first glance, I felt a shudder of horror go through my veins as I saw him approach me.  Sure, I felt ashamed for feeling that way, but my eyes had never seen anything like that and I was in shock, amazed that someone in that condition was walking around.

But then a whole new sensation came over me.  The Lord told me in my spirit how much He loves that man.  I have seen lepers in Uganda.  A limbless man sliding on a board in South Africa.  A young man with no lower jaw in Europe.  Most humans feel compelled to turn away and hide their children’s eyes from them.  But our God identifies so much with and has such a passion for these kinds of people that He tells us, “When you do it to the least of these, you do it to ME!”

In other words, I can look at these castaways of the normal world and say, “Look there.  There goes Jesus!...There He goes again.”  And why should that surprise us, that Jesus would “stoop down to that level?”  Wasn’t the Savior of the world born in a cattle feeding trough?

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”

We are the hands and feet of a compassionate God who yearns to touch these people.  We are the caretakers of the least desirable orphans of the world.  We are the warriors who fight for justice of the most downtrodden. 

Just as Jesus sought out the least fortunate, so are we to do likewise.  We are to shatter the caste system of a worldly society and cradle the untouchables, for with those we find Him.

Today the world honored the life of an extremely successful business man, Steven Jobs, who propelled Apple Computers to the top of the industry, and who also was a Buddhist.

Today the Creator of the Universe honors a dying three-year-old girl languishing in an orphanage somewhere across the globe.  She doesn’t even have a name, except for the name of her institution and maybe a nickname from a nondescript maid. 

No one except a handful of people know that this child exists.  Apart from that handful, the Lord God Himself knows and loves that child.  Sure, He will soon have that little one in heaven with Him, but His heart is really to have someone with hands and feet find out where she is, pursue her, and give her a home—a place where rudimentary medical attention can save her life; a place where four arms wrap around her and tell her that she’s theirs until Jesus comes; a place where she will be introduced to something healing for the first time in her life—love.

I have hands and feet. 

You have hands and feet.

Now is the time to use them.

“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.”

~Mother Teresa


  1. "For when ever you did this to the least of My brothers..."

    aus and co.

  2. Amen! Great post, my friend. You hit my heart when I needed it. We have been tossing the idea around about starting the adoption process again for another child. Sure, we don't know where the money will come from, but God will provide - especially if we are obeying His commandment. Thanks!


  3. Aus, right on!

    JaxMom, thank you. I appreciate it so much! This subject is close to my heart.

    Reickards! You rock!!! God bless you for your courage and for your incredible example. You are a model of the heart of God.

  4. Thank you, Jane! You're very kind.

  5. This is so beautiful and something God is just opening my heart up to in a major way!

  6. That last bit just got me - we all have hands and feet.

    Please pray for a certain little boy on RR, Jack, who is HIV+, twelve years old and desperately needs a family. He keeps asking "what do I have to do for a Mom to come?" and "do you know anyone who would want a boy like me?". Breaks my heart into a million pieces.


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