Every now and then things happen in life that kind of slap us upside the head and remind us how we should be acting and thinking. This kind of occurred for me today. My wife and I have been having issues with the her various doctors hold up to their arrangements regarding payments and assistance. We received a bill recently that we didn’t realize existed stating we were 4 months late (although we had never received it) and saying we owed $1300. We tried calling and discussing with them that we had been receiving assistance and there was a mistake but they didn’t want to listen and said we need to get the money to them right away. As such, we just recently sent out a check to make sure this didn’t harm my wife’s credit. Well today, we received a phone call from the doctor’s office stating that because it was self-paid we actually only owed about half. Now if they wanted to, and really were just trying to be crooks, they could have just taken the full amount and not let us know there would be a discount. I have to admit it really surprised me to receive such a phone call and got me thinking about how sometimes we can make judgments about people when we really don’t know what we are talking about.
This event caused me to remember what God teaches us in His Word in 1 Cor 2:11 “11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” I believe this clearly teaches that we do not truly know what is in the heart and mind of others and we must be very careful not to make assumptions about them much like I was thinking that the doctor’s were just being crooked seeking money. This is even more important to consider when we are out teaching others about Christ. We must make sure that we are not saying we understand the hearts of certain people and that they will never change so we just won’t teach them. We do not truly know what is in their mind and heart and the what kind of impact the power of God’s Word can do in their lives. Ours is not to pick and choose who gets to hear, ours is to be willing to preach and teach to all.