"For there is no respect of persons with God" (Romans 2:11).
Of all the cats my family loved during our homeschooling years, there was never one we loved quite like Juliette. If ever a cat could be perfect, she was. Unlike most cats that are somewhat indifferent and independent, Juliette was a socialite and loved being right in the middle of the action. Best of all, she never played favorites. Juliette made the rounds and spent equal time loving everyone in the family. One moment we would find her faithfully sitting on my older children's laps as they read their school assignments, and the next moment, we would find her being dragged around the house by my toddlers as they played with her like a doll. At nighttime we would find her snuggling in the bed covers as she made the circuit from one bedroom to the next. Wherever and whomever she was with, Juliette loved them pur-r-r-fectly by giving them her utmost devotion.
Although Juliette was only a cat, God used her loving ways to teach me a valuable spiritual lesson. God's love is equally available to all mankind, and He shows no partiality (Galatians 2:6). In Christ, there is no distinction between rich and poor, Jew and Greek, or male and female (Galatians 2:38). God desires that everyone come to repentance and be saved (2 Peter 3:9). Unfortunately, this simple lesson was easier for a cat to learn than it was for me. Although I was a Christian, I found myself turning away from sharing God's love with those who were different, unlovely, or broken. Praise God that the unequal treatment and rejection I experienced when homeschooling showed me how foolish I was. In wanting others to love and accept me, I finally realized the same need in the hearts of those whom I had been ignoring.
Do you find it difficult to minister to the people the world rejects? While Christ was on Earth, He spent His time loving people whom others forgot. Just as Christ's unbiased love took Him to the cross for everyone's sin, He wants you to love impartially. Don't let someone's social status or appearance keep you from extending a hand of love. Reach out and let Christ's golden rule be your guide. "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" (Luke 6:31).
Lord, forgive my selfish pride and preconceived ideas that keep me from seeing each person through Your eyes of love. Please, help me to lay down my fears and misconceptions and be willing to share Your love with everyone I meet. In the name of Jesus, Amen.