by: Rev. Dr. Scott Sommerfeld, Interim Senior Pastor
In our world individuals and groups demand or dream of being treated as important or valuable. This is at the center of race relations and the cultural clamor of individuals and groups about lives that matter. Since the need to belong is so crucial to our well-being, how do we fill that inner void?
This ache in the human heart has a biblical answer--you "are" valuable because you are made in God's image. There is a biblical “corrective” or “antidote” that answers the “ache” in the heart of every person. “You matter” because you and all people are created in the image of God. The worth of every person is off the charts because of who made you and all people, not because of skin color or sexual orientation.
This is music to the ears of those who hear it and embrace it. Therefore the people of God strive to love all people, showing no favoritism. All are valuable in God’s eyes as seen from the record of God’s creative work in Genesis chapter one.
To what lengths would you go to show another person how valuable he or she is to you?
Just as the original theme of a grand symphony resurfaces later in the score-- so the love of God resurfaces in a bold and unexpected move. The God of the Bible reinforces his creative love for all people by adding a new expression of this love. The song of God’s love climaxes in Jesus.
God shows that you and all people are of greatest value—by sacrificing his only Son Jesus for you and for the life of the whole world. This crescendo of his love is described in John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Showing this love to All People is our calling as children of God. We imitate God by loving because He first loved us. John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
Entrusting oneself to this God of love has transformative impact. The song of God’s love is repeated in the lives of those who trust it, and the melody is carried throughout the world.
May the events of this world inspire you and yours to bring such love—no matter what!