All Are Precious in His Sight
by Dee Dowdy
“For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ have put on the character of Christ, putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”- The Apostle Paul Galatians 3:28 (NLT)
When I was in the first grade, my mother made some cupcakes for me to share with my classmates. However, she miscounted and we were one short. As I was handing them out I became aware that there was only one left. Yet, there was another student left to receive one. Rather than letting the other child have the last one I chose to keep one for me. And the child who did not get the cupcake was the only African-American student on our class.
He was different than me; I had seen him get in fights with other little boys. So, I rationalized in my young mind, that it was okay for me to not give him a cupcake. To this day, that event still “haunts me.” Therefore, I have become very adamant in my ministry of communicating that everyone matters to God.
Because of this formative event in my life, the recent events in Charlottesville Virginia make my heart ache. We have become a nation divided by so many issues. But the issue of prejudice has come to the forefront. Prejudice implies that I am better than you and therefore God care for me and not you. It forgets that God made us all and desires that we all live together in peace, harmony and mutual caring.
Yes, God does care about everyone. He seeks to share His great love with every single human being on this planet. He does not pick and choose. His transforming grace is available to all of us whether we are, rich or poor, black or white, red or yellow, old or young. He wants everyone to come to a life changing relationship with His Son Jesus Christ!
And so as the pastor of this church, I want you to know that every person in this church matters to me! I want everyone to know that God loves them and has plan for their lives. And I desire all of us to be one unified body of Christ who has the singular mission of leading others to the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ.
I want you to know that everyone in this church is needed to bring our mission to fruition. Some of you may feel that you are too old and are no longer needed. But that is simply NOT true! You are valued, loved and wanted. You can be mentors to the younger generation and help them to grow in Christ. Others may think they are too young or inexperienced. But remember that God “doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.” God can use you to help us find ways to reach a new generation.
Therefore, let us work together as one body to share the Good News that God so loved the entire world that He gave His Son Jesus Christ so that everyone who would ever believe in Him would have eternal life! (my paraphrase and emphasis) My love to each of you for I am….
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