|PEOPLE > things|
We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.
We have all kinds of resources at our disposal. Walk into a library or any of our homes, and there are all kinds of books to read. Search the internet, and you find endless information, useful and useless. Go to a gas station, and you can buy fuel till all your money is gone. Go to the store, and on isle after isle there are items to feed, clothe, clean and do all kinds of thousands of things. Yet none of those are not our greatest resources.
Our church has become known as a church that helps and encourages people. As we interact with people we know and many we don't, it is tough to see the huge needs, yet the most difficult thing we deal with are hurt relationships. Unless you are a hermit, you have to deal with people every day. Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others cross our path every day.
Our greatest resource is people. I have to be careful to not get tied up in details and miss working with what is most important, people. Our lives are complicated by the stuff we have or the bank accounts we try to manage. But it is people that make our lives much richer. It is those people that God has connected us with that will talk us through the tough times of life as well as celebrate with us when things are good.
People are the most important resource in our world. God didn't send his son to die for stuff. Jesus died for people. If we are not careful, we will allow other things to get in the way of our loving people.
In fact, one of the things that I am most excited about is the work we get to do that will help the broken people that we encounter. We have been and will continue sharing items people need. We have been blessed with recourses help people, but one concern that I have for us and for every church and ministry is that we need to be careful where we spend our resources.
If people are our greatest resource and the most important thing we deal with, then the majority of our resources need to be used to build people and not buildings and not in accumulating stuff. Do you agree? This is my heart. God has called us into a relationship with Him. He has called us to serve others. Our calling is to make a difference in the lives of people we meet. Yet if we don't have resources, we can't help people.
This can even spin over into the area of emotional resources. If I spend all my time managing stuff, I have nothing left to give my family, my church and the people I get to meet.
What do you believe is the greatest resource in your life? How will you adjust that resource to agree with what God says is the greatest resource of all? I have to ask myself those questions often.
We need to position ourselves to be able impact more people for Jesus. Further, we must place ourselves where we can meet God more often. I believe the only way to do that is to value our most important resource, people.
The man answered, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.' And, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
NOTE: much of this post first appeared on my blog in January of 2011.