When Jesus came to earth he did not spend his time with rich people living in fine houses. Instead he intentionally made his home among the outcasts of society. Jesus ministered to the sick. He reached out to the homeless and those with disabilities. Jesus was on a mission to make the ‘outcasts’ the ‘in-casts‘. he did this through healing and teaching. When he looked at people he saw past their outward appearances beyond their sickness and disability. When Jesus looked at people he saw the treasure that God was building inside their hearts.
There is a bible passage that demonstrates this well.
John 9:1-3: As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Teacher”, his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him.”
When we look at one another we often see what makes us different. The challenge we have is to look at one another regardless of ability and recognize the hidden treasure. We need to look and see that the faces of others fully reflect the image of God. Image bearers come in all kinds of packages!