I have been thinking a lot lately about how much Jesus payed attention to the people around him.
Jesus noticed people, and he made sure to interact with people that others ignored.
Here are some stories-
John 5:5 – In the crowd, Jesus noticed one particular man who had been living with his disability for 38 years. He knew this man had been waiting here a long time.
In Matthew 19 jesus noticed his disciples were treating children like they were annoying, but Jesus made sure everyone knew they were welcome and wanted.
In Mark 5 Jesus noticed that someone in the crowd touched his robe. When he learned that it was an unclean woman that touched his robe, he responded with kindness – she was healed – and jesus showed her kindness that she probably hadn’t experienced in a really long time. Her life was changed forever!
John 9:1 says Jesus noticed the blind man, and then helped him by healing him.
In Luke 19, Jesus NOTICED Zacchaeus. And had an encounter with him that changed Zacchaeus’ heart so much, he was a completely different person!
And in Matthew 9, when Jesus noticed the people who didn’t accept who he was, he had a deep compassion for them… And he said the harvest is plenty but the workers are few.
Jesus noticed… In fact, Jesus, was like the Ultimate Noticer!
He saw things that are practically invisible to those around him, and he made them better! He healed the hurt, and loved the lonely, and forgave those who were so afraid that they would never be forgiven.
Not only did he notice, but he also gave! He gave time and attention and a life changing experience to people who everyone else thought were unworthy. And he still calls us to do the same today!
Jesus gathered Disciples by walking along a dirty road and inviting them to become Noticers of the hungry, the sick, the lost, the forgotten and the hurt, and to help them see a tiny glimpse of the love and greatness of our God.
I believe that He still gathers disciples, today, and turns them into gifted and beautiful people who are “Noticers.” Noticers see things- the broken, the hopeless, the wounded, the tragic, the lost- just like Jesus did– But Noticers do more than just notice.
Noticers respond to what they see, with compassion and care, by doing whatever it takes to help meet needs and create more beauty, joy and peace in the world. Noticers inspire! Noticers help make other Noticers, and together they do great things to change the world.
I believe this world needs more Noticers.
So, I invite you to look around, this week… What will you notice?
And I hope that you will choose to do something about it, and follow in the footsteps of the Ultimate Noticer!
Because, when Jesus brings something to our attention, it’s Him, shouting “DO SOMETHING!” In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
So listen when he calls you to make a difference in someone’s life! Because, when you show love to others, you show love to God, too.