“I can’t take you anywhere!” My wife says that to me all the time. People recognize me. Do you notice people? Do you really see them? Just last week I noticed a young man sitting on the side of the road in a subdivision. I noticed his face. He was obviously upset. I turned my car around and asked him if he was ok. We talked for a moment and then he said something to the effect of – I appreciate your noticing.
Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray. This is serious business. Some unknown man was a fixture at the Temple entrance. He begged for money every time the doors were open. It is easy to become complacent and walk by people we see all the time. But, you are called to be different. You are called to NOTICE people. Notice their facial expression, a change in their behavior, a difference in their walk. Look at them and engage them.
People want to be noticed but how many want to be noticers? If you want to show the love of Christ, you will notice people. You will engage them and make the conversation about THEIR needs.
“And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!”” Acts 3:2-4 NASB