We seem to be famous for deciding who is worthy of our respect, and who is not. We hear a great deal today about equality … between races of people … between men and women … between different political groups. Where should the Christian stand on these issues? While the Bible does have clearly defined roles and qualifications for leaders within the church, there is a broader principle that covers how we treat each other that we need to realize today.
After Peter had seen Cornelius’ and his household saved (the first Gentile convert whose name we are given), he is challenged by the Jews who thought this should have been an exclusive club … this Christian club. They were upset with Peter that he had actually entered the home of a Gentile and had eaten with him. Look at the words God had spoken directly to Peter on the topic: “But the voice answered me again from heaven, ‘What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common” (Acts 11:9). Do you see the power in the words God spoke to Peter? God views every life as one that has great importance to Him.
There is not one person you will pass today that God views as common or ordinary. Every single person you will see with your eyes today is a person that God would love to see in Heaven. Oh, I know that not all will receive Him, but that will not change the fact that God would like them as a member of His family. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the WHOLE world! There is not one nationality that God views as less than another. We learned a children’s song in our churches that is absolutely true … “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.” There is not a socio-economic group that means more to God than any other. He does not care how much money you have in your bank, He is interested in you. You see … God sees you as a living soul … He could care less if you are a Jew or a Gentile … black or white … rich or poor … male or female. God sees all of us as “uncommonly” valuable! You are worth the life of His Son! Whether you feel valuable or not, you have great value to God! He spent all that He had in order to redeem you back from the sin you have chosen to wallow in. He sent out the Shepherd looking for you, even if you were the 100th sheep and the other 99 were safely in the fold! You have value … and so does everyone you will meet today.
“You have one business on earth, to save souls.” – John Wesley