Immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of Him and came and fell down at His feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And He said to her: Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. But she answered Him: Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs. And He said to her: For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter. And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone (Mark 7:25-30).
It is important that we are made aware of the way we treat other people that are not in our denomination. We can be judgmental, and it can make a negative impact on others. As we read in the scripture quoted above, Jesus referring to her as “dog”, the woman’s faith was still intact. Although she understood that she was not a member of that congregation, she humbled herself to accept the crumbs from the children’s table. Her genuine faith gave her much more than a crumb, because the demon possessing her daughter, was gone completely. If that woman arrive in your congregation today, would she be offered a crumb from your master’s table? Or would he send her away because she don’t belong? Our attitude to other people should be amended to that of Jesus Christ. Her faith made her well, so she was offered the same answer as everyone else. She received more than a crumb, as the demon was completely gone from her daughter. God made her daughter clean that day, and free to live without the demon. We are not to call what God has made clean, unclean (Acts 10:9-29).
God knows every motive and He makes the distinction between clean and unclean, not us. Who are we to judge who belongs to God and who doesn’t? The authority to judge another has not been given to us (Romans 2:1). Also, as we read in Peter’s dream, when someone comes to us for “food”, feed them, because we do not know how hungry they have been, and thankful that at last, they have come to a place where there is plenty. Let them enjoy the meal just like everyone else, because one day, you may even find yourself hungry too. God has His people everywhere growing among the weeds, growing together until the harvest (Matthew 13:27-30). When you meet anyone on the narrow way, be ready to offer a meal if they ask for it, so they too, can be strengthen to endure the journey ahead. We know too well that the way is narrow that leads to life, and few finds it (Matthew 7:13-14), so if you meet someone on that way, offer help, because Jesus did. God bless you as you apply endurance on your way to the narrow gate.