‘People Matter’ – how true that is. But sometimes I wonder. Do people really matter? Last October it was announced by the United Nations that the 7 billionth person had been born on planet earth. With so many people alive at present on this small globe, it would be easy to begin to think of ourselves and others for that matter as insignificant. But I know that’s not how the Lord sees us. There is no way we are just one in 7 billion. When the Lord thinks of you and me, he does so exclusively, as if there were no one else seeking his attention. Don’t these words from Steps to Christ say it all?
“His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice…The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son”. Steps to Christ p.100
Imagine the change in your life, and those of your family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues if that statement is true. It means that all of us matter to God! Many know this, but you and I meet many people everyday who do not - and that’s a tragic shame. Just knowing that so many people do not know, leaves me unsettled and should leave His church unsettled. I sense that the Lord is stirring us once again, to focus our attention on helping those who do not know that they matter to Him. The first work of the church is without question to worship. But there follows a command to go:
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20 (The Message)
The charge Jesus gave His first disciples, He still gives to His 21st century disciples – ‘People Matter’.