The Little Guy
Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a child? Sadly our family was too poor for me to have one!
My friend Jane told me a funny story recently of when her daughter Millie was about 3 years old and she had a friend she called The Little Guy. Millie would take The Little Guy everywhere with her.
Sometimes Jane would take Millie to Burger King for a treat after she had dropped off her other children at school. Millie liked to sit on the high stools and look out of the window, but there had to be a spare seat between Jane and Millie for The Little Guy.
Where's the Little Guy?
Having finished their meal, Jane put Millie in the pushchair and left the restaurant. After about 200 yards, Millie said that they had left The Little Guy behind. Jane protested that he should have come when they said they were leaving, but Millie insisted that they go back for him. So they retraced their steps and one can only imagine the reaction of the people in the restaurant when Jane opened the door and called “Come on Little Guy”!
Jesus and the little guy
When He was on earth, Jesus had a special love for “the Little Guy”, the people that society looked down on – the disabled, the poor, the mentally disturbed. This included Zacchaeus a short man, a tax collector who was hated by the people (not much change there then). But rather than ignore him, Jesus invited himself home to Zac's for tea.
We aren't told that Jesus preached a sermon or even that He told Zac off for ripping the people off by charging them more than he should, but such was the transformation that Zac said, “Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
Now you can be sure someone's had a real change of heart if it affects the way that they look at their money and possessions.
What about today?
Still today Jesus offers to be our friend, not an imaginary one but a real one, if we believe in Him. Someone we can turn to at all times and circumstances, sure that He will be there for us. No matter how small or unimportant we think we are, He still cares for “the Little Guy”.