In the world in which we live, people tend to judge others based on their status in the community, where a person is in an organization, the clothes she wears, or the car he drives, and the list goes on and on seemingly without end. Suppose a person who holds a doctorate and a master’s degree is seen washing dishes at a restaurant. The world views such a person as someone with an obvious low intelligence quotient or IQ. They tend to view that person as someone who is of little or no value to society and yet, they see themselves as highly valued assets of the society.
Thank God that in His kingdom everyone is valued equally and is an important part of the greater whole of His holy work. In God’s kingdom, it’s not all about the individual, it’s all about God. There are no jobs in heaven that are considered to be of little value, mundane, or meaningless. The saints who perform those tasks are seen neither great nor small, wise or unwise, intelligent, or unintelligent, but instead, they are seen as good and faithful servants. It is the same for the work that God appoints for us to do in this life, and while it may go unnoticed by man, nothing escapes God’s watchful eye.
So when the world starts to drag you down, when it treats you as inferior to itself, when it devalues your intellect remember that you are created in the image of your Creator — the image of God. You are special to God and He values you greatly. He values and loves you so much that He paid the ultimate price so that you may one day walk with Him on the streets of gold in His kingdom. God began to change the world by spreading the gospel through the faithful service of men who were fishermen, tax collectors, and other tradesmen.
“In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33
So as we prepare to enter into the coming season of Lent, knowing that God changed the world working through ordinary people, let us each ask ourselves, “ what then can He accomplish through me and my faithful service?” Let us faithfully answer His call by saying, “Here I am Lord, send me!”
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“God never leaves you nor forsakes you.” I’ve heard that before. “Jesus will leave the 99 to come after you.” I’ve heard that one too. Meanwhile, fear creeps up when life hurls a season of loneliness our way, and poof! Churchy sayings hold as much weight as thin air. Believe it or not, God is cheering us on and inviting us to thrive amidst the loneliness. Yes, it’s weird and scary, but this emptiness is a safe space where you get to hear the God of everything speak the loudest. You’re safe because God is so good at owning goodness amidst our dank, confused, lonely seasons, and because of Him, you aren’t so by yourself.”
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