I was in a store yesterday looking for some quick sleeve shirts. As normal I seemed for models (button down collar, checked print or striped) that I have generally worn I am a creature of behavior in vogue — just ask my wife, Gail!

Nevertheless, there were also numerous extremely vivid and colorful shirts on sale. One particular shirt in specific was bright inexperienced with printed pink flamingos. I imagined obtaining and carrying this shirt would desperately shout, “LOOK AT ME!”

This working experience manufactured me think of people in our lifestyle who crave to be noticed. Their want “to be seen” can manifest itself by means of in quite a few techniques and unfortunately in some cases by way of aberrant or harmful behaviors. Probably you wish to be seen, to feel valued, or to be loved. The real truth is we do not have to crave to be seen. We currently are.

In John”s Gospel we read that Jesus saw a Samaritan female and entered into a dialogue with her. Both Jesus and the female knew this was counter to the culture. Samaritans have been supposed to be avoided to be invisible to the Jews. But Jesus even now engaged in a discussion and spoke to her.

John writes, “Soon a Samaritan girl arrived to draw h2o, and Jesus reported to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was by itself at the time mainly because his disciples experienced long gone into the vil lage to purchase some meals. The female was shocked, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan lady. Why are you asking me for a consume?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you dwelling drinking water.” (verses 7-10)

As we can study during quite a few other passages in the Bible, Jesus observed folks who culture treated as invisible, unloved or of no perceived redeeming worth. He befriended tax collectors, interacted with lepers, enjoined with sinners and was always noticing individuals who society would forget. Jesus healed the damaged, gave hope to the hopeless, recognized and loved the downtrodden.

Never ignore that He also sees and loves you. He is inviting you into a own and personal relationship with His Father. Remember to know that you are by now a daughter or son of God who, via Jesus, has victory from sin and death.

With this know-how you can also interact with and aid many others who might feel invisible. Enable them know they are His youngsters also. Encourage them that they can definitely wander in flexibility, are regarded by title by God and are generally observed.

TOM GRECO is the pastor of the Ontario Group Church. He can be reached in care of The Argus Observer, 1160 S.W. Fourth St., Ontario, OR 97914. The Argus Observer weekly faith column features a rotation of writers from numerous different faiths and views.