Don’t forget, as we begin today to pray:
“Lord Jesus Christ speak to me. “
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
The 2nd of our core values is:
People Matter to God.
We value a community of acceptance, love, and service.
I love this value! People matter to God! And if people matter to God, people ought to matter to me! All people! Everyone God created is valued by Him! He loves us all. We were created by Him and for Him! And if wasn’t enough that He created us, despite the fact that we rebelled against Him, we still matter to Him! He loves us despite our rebellion! Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Our number one priority should be for us to honor God with our lives and bring Him glory. But if we want to please God, we ought to become passionate about what He is passionate about! And God is passionate about people! He loves people so much, He took on flesh and bones and sacrificed Himself to restore us to Himself! God is crazy in love with people!
Are you passionate about people? Honestly, you may not be. But as you get to know God better, you will see His passion for people and will want to develop that passion. God showed His passion for people by sacrificing for them. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, he gave…” For us to follow God’s model of passion for people, we can begin by sacrificing for them. What can we give away to help people get to know God better? Our time? Our talents? Our treasure? Will you pray for those apart from God? Will you sacrifice your free time, vacation time, personal time to build relationships and show people that God loves them?
People matter to God. They don’t need our judgment. They need to see the love of God displayed through our lives. God wants all men (and women) to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. Let’s do our part in loving and sacrificing for a world of people that God loves!