DayBreaks for 6/22/20: We Matter
From the DayBreaks archive, June 2010:
What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him, visit him every morning and test him every moment? – Job 7:17-18
As you were driving in to work this morning, how many people stopped and applauded as you drove by? When you left the house this morning, did you get a kiss or hug from someone who loves and appreciates you? When you got to the gym to work out, did someone say, “I really want to introduce some folks to you because you’re so special”? Probably not. Chances are that you didn’t have a reserved parking spot in the parking lot. Most likely, no cop pulled you over and gave you $100 and said, “You know, all these years I’ve seen you drive by and never once were you breaking the speed limit. I just want you to have this to know how much I appreciate you!” Not in this lifetime, right? Not in this world!
It is easy to start to think that we really don’t matter very much. It is so easy to get lost in the shuffling noises of 7 billion inhabitants of the planet called Earth. It is easy to be overshadowed on the job site, in the grocery store, at the bank, in the church pew. We want recognition. We want to be appreciated. We want to know that we matter to someone – somewhere – sometime. And it is easy to feel and to be overlooked, ignored and to come to the conclusion that we just don’t really matter to anyone.
Listen to Jesus: Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 18:18-19
The ancients had a saying: “As above, so below”…meaning that if the gods got angry and went on a rampage, the gods would rain cataclysm and endless disaster down on the denizens of earth. Jesus, however, turned that around: He who listens to you listens to me. He who rejects you rejects me. As below, so above. What happens when believers pray? Heaven responds. When goes on when a sinner repents? The angels break out in song. When a God-mission succeeds, Satan falls like lightning from the sky. On the other hand, when believers rebel against God, the Holy Spirit is grieved and saddened.
Let’s not make the mistake of thinking that what we humans do here doesn’t affect anyone. Let’s not play the foolish game of saying that “What I do isn’t affecting of hurting anyone else, so leave me alone!” If Jesus knows what he’s talking about (and he does!) know this certainty: what we humans do here on earth affects the cosmos! We matter – far more than we can possibly comprehend or know, because we matter to God! And today you also matter because of what you will do, say and think. Matter in a positive way!
PRAYER: Thank You that You notice us from heaven above and sing Your songs of love over us so we will know that without a doubt, we matter! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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