Thursday, January 26, 2017

people matter

In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Far too many people look at the people around them, the people they encounter, and at first sight size them up.  Be honest.  You’ve done that.  I’ve done that.  I would dare say that we are all wrong when we chose to judge in ways that don’t honor God.

One of the reasons that our thinking is flawed is we put too much weight on things that don’t matter.  When someone is attractive, they are considered more valuable.  When someone comes from a rich or well-known family, they seem more important or have more value.  Whatever our measuring stick is not Christ, we are headed in the wrong direction.

“Christ is all that matters.”  That is a great thought each of us have to examine.  Examine it honestly making sure that we value what God values and help people know that they are valuable to God and to us!

“He lives in all of us.”  If Jesus is our Savior, then that is a fact.  He lives in us, and that fact cannot change by our choice, and we have a promise from God that He won’t change that fact.  Doesn’t this truth reinforce the fact that we are valuable to God?  Christ matters most because He will be with us longer than anyone else will be.

Be careful how you judge.  We all should be careful.  Be careful about where you place the great value.  We all need to value what God says is valuable.  In our “Every 1 Matters” series at The Community Sunday we talked about how God gives us freedom as we allow His truth to impact what we believe. 

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

If we judge on the same merits that Jesus does, things will be much better plus we will lean on God.  He is the one who knows the heart of every person.  It is our job to let people know they are important.

People are valuable to God and to us.  Our opportunity and responsibility is to remind each person that they are valuable and have great God-given potential.  Jesus is what matters.  Jesus is who fills us with value and potential.  Share that fact!

NOTE: much of this post was first shared in September of 2014

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