I have been thinking lately of how people seem to not be valued in our world today. For instance corporations downsize and never give people who are working for them much thought in comparison to saving a few dollars. Government officials have basically closed many businesses, mines, mills, and railroads over a political agenda rather than the value of those people and their families. Abortion is considered acceptable but when you really think about what an abortion is, it is the taking of a future human life and that is saying that future human beings have no value. Many people value their animals more than their human neighbors, friends, and family which is sad too. Now don’t get me wrong, pets fill a great need in our society today and I am glad that people are concerned about how pets are treated. But we need to ask ourselves if we value our pets more than our friends, family, and neighbors? And what about all the protests going on all around the world where one race is struggling to be considered equal to another race? I guess there may be many reasons that people are not considered valuable anymore and I find this rather sad. I am thankful that God continues to value people and that the church as the hand of God continues to show compassion and values people. Jesus was a kind man when He walked this earth and the number one commandment given to us is to continue to love one another, which when you think about is valuing people.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35, (New International Version or NIV).
Love is a word that is used a lot today but it often means different things to different people. Love to some means that the person who loves them is to fulfill all their needs at all times and if that person fails to meet all those need then they aren’t showing love. To others love means that they must do everything to make everyone around them happy all the time. But God’s love which is the love that Jesus commands us to do is not conditional upon things done for another in return for something. God’s love is unconditional in many ways. His love for every human being is evident in the weather, the air we breathe, the water to quench our thirst, in the way that we humans have everything to sustain life. God does not say, for instance, that only those who obey Him and love Him and serve Him can eat. If God operated on that kind of conditional love then there would probably be a lot fewer people in the world.
God does have a partiality love too though, in how God loves and care for those who do honor and obey and come to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. God hears our prayers (John 9:13), makes our enemies get along with us (Proverbs 16:7), heals us (James 5:15), protects us from Satan (2 Thessalonians 3:2-3), and loves us with the love of a parent to a child because we are His children (Galatians 3:26). I love that about God. And best of all that love is available to anyone who comes to Him through Jesus Christ. How do I know this?
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 1:14-18, (New American Standard Bible or NASB).
We need to remind ourselves that as Christians we live in a dark place and we are the only light shining in that darkness. The light we have inside is Jesus and we are to shine it everywhere we go. If we are at a football game we are to show Christ’s love to others and shine Jesus’s light. If we are at a hospital visiting the ill we are to shine our light and show Jesus. If we are in an argument with a neighbor, friend, or family member, we are to shine the light of Jesus into that argument. If we are at work we are to shine the light of Jesus there too. When at home we are to shine the light of Jesus and teach our children to love God and to be a servant of the one true God. Wherever we go, every minute of every day and night, week after week, month after month, and year after year we continue to shine the light of Jesus through our life in this darkened world. Can a human being actually do this? No, not without the supreme power of the Holy Spirit to guide us, and not without the study of God’s word to gain understanding, and not without praying to God through Jesus. In our human bodies it is impossible to be perfect all the time but with God nothing is impossible (Matthew 19:26) and His perfectness can work through our humanness.
I believe that our world and the people in our communities are begging to be seen, heard, and valued. We have the light, we have the good news, we have the one who values us without prejudice or favoritism but with true equality (Acts 10:24-25). To God, who created a world of diversity in skin color, eye color, hair color, height, weight, stature, and shoe size there is no favoritism to one race over another. God values each person, each race, each country as part of His family as long as you accept Him as your Lord and Savior by accepting Jesus as God’s Son. Our world needs this message. Our world needs to know that there is real peace and that God values them and that we as God’s children value them highly as well. Christian, you are valuable to God. Non-Christian, you are of value to God but you must accept Jesus as your personal Savior in order to receive the free gift of grace.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:6-15, (NASB).
Christian, stand and give the love of the Father to every person you come in contact with today so that they will see that God counts them as valuable. Show them the love of Jesus so that they will see that you consider them as valuable. For all are precious in God’s eyes.
Until next time…Katherine