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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Thing of Greater Importance

I just finished reading a post on another blog and was touched by the words of the author.  She was talking about how she had lost sight of the gospel and made the group she was in the thing of greater importance in her life.  If you thought like her, acted like her, believed like her then you were part of her "group" but those that didn't were excluded.  She knew that she was being cruel to other people but the "club" was more important.  (*A link to her article will be at the end of this post)

It got me thinking of how often we do the same.... across the spectrum.  We group ourselves off with people of "like" mind and convictions, the same beliefs and religious or political views.  We group ourselves according to education and socio-economic status... according to race, creed and color.  While there is nothing inherently wrong with doing this there is a point, a line, that when you've stepped over it you've taken something that can be good and made it so very bad.

How many people do we pass by on the street or in the parking lot or in stores that we won't dare speak to because of the clothes they wear or the music they're listening to?  How about at church?  They sit down near us or next to us but we don't give them the time of day because they don't "fit" into our "group"... our "club"... our "clique."  They are written off, we won't take the time to get to know them... much less just take a few minutes to talk to them.  They may be the very people that God has sent into our life to bless us but we swat away the hand of blessing... because they don't "fit."  Or even worse, they could have been sent to us because they needed to see the love of Christ in action...  they needed us to see their value... and help them.

How many times has society told us who has value 
and who doesn't...
How many times have our "groups" and "clubs" told us who we should give our time to and who we should "hang" with  ...and 
why do we listen?

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have everlasting life."

Now, if God, the maker of heaven and earth, gives every human on the planet, all those that have lived and those that have yet to be given life the same opportunity for everlasting life then it would seem to me that He sees us all the same.  
None of us ...
have any less value or greater value in His eyes than another. 

I've been told that what I'm saying is pretty lofty words.  The connotation is that I'm asking for a change in peoples minds, hearts and actions that is pretty much not going to happen.... it's just the way people areIf this is true, and no one can change.... then we can shut down every church.... go ahead, tell the pastors they've all preached their last sermons.  We might as well round up all the Bibles and get rid of them cause I'm not saying anything that hasn't already been said in the Bible..... so ...
if we can't change then God is a liar.  
If God is a liar then the Bible is useless because it says that "God is not a man that he can lie..."

....... but we can change.... and the choice is up to us.  I dare you, my reader, to remember God's love for you and share it with someone this week.  Let us think outside these "cliques" and "clubs" and "groups" that keep dividing us from one another and love others like God does... unconditionally.

* blog referred to   "Like a Warm Cup of Coffee"
      ***Update: This link is no longer available***

1 awesome comments:

  1. This is so true, how long has it been since we changed someone's life? When was the last time we lifted someone up? Or encouraged them or comforted them? The question we need to ask ourselves is where is the God in us? Is he still here or has he left? Well I can tell you he hasn't left. He's in that little box we put him in. But to be able to do these things for someone else, or say just the right thing, we have to take God out of that box, let go of the situation and let him take care of the rest.


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