This morning, we had a guest speaker at our church. About halfway through his message, music started playing and he started singing. It was different, to say the least—I had never seen a preacher do that before. However, as unusual as it was, it made me think.
The song he sang was a song entitled “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” You know, we are so quick to focus on the outward appearance, aren’t we? The before. We never stop to think about what the after could be. We never take the time to think about how one’s life could be changed if he would come to know Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. We don’t to take the time to remember 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
People need the Lord. God has taught me that, if someone looks a bit disheveled, it is only because they are. A person’s outward appearance is a reflection of his heart. Now, there are exceptions to that rule, of course; however, for the most part, that is how it is. Therefore, I have learned to pray for God’s healing in the life of such people. And many times, that means praying that that person be born again.
Adrian Rogers described the fallen state of this world as a fever. Often, it is the fever that lets us know when something is really wrong. He said that sickness, death, the storms of life, all of those things are nothing more than a fever to let us know the severity of this illness called sin. Likewise, a person’s outward appearance lets us know how much they need the Lord.
So the next time you see someone who looks like he just crawled out of a gutter somewhere, know that that is most likely how he feels. And know that only one look, one touch from the Master is all it will take to bring healing. Friends, there is a healing. Why are we not sharing Him with this lost and dying world?