Friday, December 15

What is The Value of a Person? Part 2

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There is only one Person who never lost sight of the value of a person. Day after day Jesus related women and men, old and young, poor and rich, sick and healthy as if they all were important. Even when offered the kingdoms of the world for a moment of blind self-interest He didn’t cave in (Matthew 4:1-11). He consistently saw something in others worth dying for. Sometimes Jesus used little things to show the value He saw in others. Once, after asking His followers to risk their lives for Him, He asked, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31)

His point was clear. If the Father in heaven takes note of a sparrow falling to the ground, then who can imagine how much more He loves and care for His own children. On another occasion, Jesus used big things to show the value of He sees in a person. To people inclined even to forget the value of their own life, Jesus asked, “What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matthew 16:26)

The eloquence of action

Jesus words were powerful, but His actions were even more telling. While some of the most religious people of His day looked down on or ignored women, ethnic minorities, poor people, and prisoners, Christ noticed and befriended them. Christ’s value of the person is a revolutionary principle of life. If we all shared His value of a person, our families and churches would be healthier and safer places to be. Business and industry would be transformed by owners and managers who saw workers through Christ’s eyes. Nothing would give more honor and value to either our friends or our enemies than to be treated an someone “for whom Christ died” (Romans 14:!5; 1 Corinthians 8:11)

The apostle John was one of Jesus’ closest friends during our Lord’s 3 years of public life, and John was deeply moved by the way Christ valued him. This love spilled over into the apostle’s concern for others. In the fourth chapter of his first New Testament letter, he wrote, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins. Beloved, if God so love is, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:10-11).

By Your grace I want what You see in the value of a person to shape the rest of my life.

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