“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.
People matter to God. All people. The key word in John 3:16 is “everyone.” So that means everybody matters to God whether God matters to them or not. Desmond Doss did not choose who to help based on who was good or who was bad to him. He helped everyone he came across because everyone matters.
As Christians we believe that everyone matters to God so everyone matters to us. Everyone. That includes the people we agree with and people we have a hard time having a civil conversation with. People on “our side” and those who are on the opposite side. It means that the elderly, the young, the disenfranchised, the widows, orphans, and the poor matter. In our culture today, it is easy to love those we agree with, those who do us no harm, who don’t need anything from us, and those who don’t offend us. It’s so much harder when we have to love those that may seem unlovable.
The Bible tells us that even the one who wanders away is important. In fact, the wandering one is so important that the shepherd leaves the other sheep in search of the one that is lost. And when the shepherd finds the one missing sheep, he kicks up his heels and celebrates.
If that is how God thinks and operates, that is exactly how we should think and operate. If God cares for every person, even the one who has lost his or her way and is far from the heart of God, then we should as well. Jesus had a passion for the lost. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10)
The people not only heard Jesus teach about the worth of each person, but they also saw it demonstrated by his actions. The next person Jesus met was the most important person in his life. There are numerous times in the Bible where Jesus ministered to one person. Sometimes he was occupied in travel or teaching when someone would either cry out for help or touch him as an act of faith. He would stop and minister to that individual before proceeding. That’s how he met blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46), Zacchaeus (Luke 19), one widow among the throng giving her offering in the temple (Mark 12:42) and heard the prayer of a desperate sinner. (Luke 18:13)
By His life and illustrations, Jesus is still teaching us that regardless of the size of the multitude, God still places a high value on each person. He cares about the smallest details of our lives, our potential, our failures, our hurts, our health, our fears and our destiny.
- Have you ever felt like your life wasn’t important? What made you feel this way?
- What can we do this week to show people that they matter to God and to us?