“Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.” – Mitch Albom
We Are All Strangers to Each Other
Every single friend that you and I have ever made, began as a stranger.
Many of us have been hardwired to think of strangers as being dangerous people until proven otherwise. There is truth to this belief. When meeting strangers, discernment is wise.
Every friendship requires two things: risk and trust. Many of us didn’t make our friends by completely risking ourselves in total vulnerability the first time we met them, but we gave a little bit of ourselves over a period of time as trust was built.
None of Us Are Strangers to God
Even though we are all strangers to each other, none of us are strangers to God. Gods knows each one of us by name and knows absolutely everything about us (Psalm 139.)
When God speaks to the churches in the book of Revelation, He says, “I know your deed.” When Gods says, “I know your deeds,” these four little words are overwhelmingly horrifying or extremely comforting. If we have been faithful, then these words can be comforting. If we have been unfaithful, then these words can be horrifying.
God knows everything about everything and He knows everything about me and you. Let us not view this reality as a scary thing, but let us view it as a comforting things; may we let his gaze upon our lives move us to a deeper obedience and intimacy with Him.
You Are a Stranger
Have you ever thought about the fact that you are a stranger to others? We usually think about other people as being “the stranger,” but have you ever thought that other people are thinking that we are “the stranger?” We know nothing about them and they know nothing about us.
What Kind of Stranger Are You?
By many of our current American standards, Pharisees would have made great strangers. If you minded your own business, they would have minded their own business. That is what we often expect from strangers right?
What kind of strangers does God call us to be through His Word?
The Parable of the Good Samaritan gives us some insight to answer this question (Luke 10:25-37). We will never perfectly be like the Samaritan in the parable, he is a metaphorical character intended to portray what Jesus has done for us through salvation; but although we will never be perfectly like him, we could be more like him.
Somebody shouldn’t have to be beaten on the side of the road for us to care for them. There are many people that are internally beaten and bruised that we come in contact with on a daily basis. We are called to care for them as well.
Let us not be strangers like the Pharisees that hold an attitude of, “You mind your own business and I’ll mind mine.”
Let us be strangers like the Good Samaritan that hold an attitude of, “I care for you, even though I don’t know you.”
Whether we are in a coffee shop, at a retail store, at a restaurant, at work, at a church gathering, or anywhere else; let us be strangers that genuinely care for others. Let us be the type of strangers that cultivate friendships by making ourselves vulnerable and striking up conversation.
Who are strangers? We are, and let us be good ones!