2 Million Dollar Lesson

James 4:11-12

USA Today once ran a story titled:”Bank Learns $2 Million Dollar Lesson”  It was about John Barrier, who didn’t like the way a bank manager, in Spokane, Washington, looked at him because of how he was dressed.  John was wearing construction clothes and got a look as if he had crawled out from under a rock. The problem began when Barrier went to Old National Bank to cash a $100 check. When he tried to get his parking slip validated to save 60 cents, a receptionist refused, saying he hadn’t conducted a transaction. “You have to make a deposit,” she told him. When told he was a substantial depositor, she looked at him as if . . . well. He asked to see the manager, who also refused to validate the ticket. Barrier went to the bank headquarters threatening to withdraw his money unless the manager apologized. No one called. So the next day, he withdrew over $2 million. (Source Date Unknown)

Why is it that we make such snap evaluations of others?  James says there is only one Law Giver and Judge… and it isn’t you or I.  “Who are you to judge your neighbor?”

Do we fail to realize the worth of those that stand before us?  Whether they drive a beat up pickup truck or a Lexux… went to Princeton or Vocational School… whether they wear a tux or tattoos… we only scan the exterior.  And then often times we slap a price tag on them based on what we see.   In this way we devalue those around us.  To God, people are worth far more than 2 million dollars. People are not mere commodities… they are extraordinary beings created in the image of God.  C. S. Lewis wrote:  “There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilization–these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.  But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit…”

Today you will rub shoulders with people that are of infinite worth to their Creator.  Will you make a $2 million dollar mistake?