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Do I Matter?

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Have you ever wondered whether you matter?  If you matter as much as someone else?

“So there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, between slaves and free people, between men and women; you are all one in union with Christ Jesus.” ~Galatians 3:28 (Good News Translation)

Every single one of us is important to God; each one of us possesses equally great value in His eyes—whether we’re “red,” “yellow,” “black,” or “white,” female or male.  God does not practice favoritism, and He does not condone slavery.  Actions or words that work against this truth in favor of prejudice and hatred grieve Him deeply and will be reckoned with.

I put those “skin colors” in quotation marks because honestly, those aren’t even accurate to what we are!  IF we were being exact, I might be called “light tan with yellow-ish blotches,” and my husband would be a…”pinkish pale oatmeal.”  Colors barely begin to describe who we are! 

Beneath our skin, our outward decor—not even five millimeters thick—we are created the same.  It appears we have differences, but they are only skin-deep; these differences are human constructs—constructs that are mistakenly given deeper value than they deserve—constructs that are borne out of human judgments that rise out of fear.  We fear and focus on what is different between us because we see them on the outside, and this has been to our detriment because, actually, our similarities far outweigh our dissimilarities.

After all,

When we enter this world, do we not all—as babies—experience the curiosity and wonder of being alive no matter what skin we’re born with?

As children—and as adults—don’t we all need security and safety?

When we bleed, isn’t our blood all the same color?

People of every race and ethnicity have a need to belong, to feel their value—whether we find it in a family, a gang, a club, an organization, or a company.

And when we’re rejected, don’t we all feel angry and sad?

Who amongst us has not felt the disappointment of defeat or the sting of jealousy?

Likewise, who has never gotten sick and experienced depressive thoughts and anxiety?

When threatened with the loss of a loved one, do we not all experience fear?

And don’t we of every color each feel pain and sorrow when we lose our beloved?

Every one of us has a need to be loved, respected, and known—no matter what our color is.

And when we find that love, don’t we all experience joy and fulfillment?

We are all the same on the inside, and those are the things that matter, that connect us, that make every one of us part of humanity.

Death, pain, and evil are indiscriminate.  They know that we are all the same.  They are equal-opportunity!  Calamity and sickness (COVID!) can strike every one of us!  No one is exempt from tragedy and disappointment.  So, doesn’t it make sense that—if we all face the same enemy—we would unite to support one another, fighting together against a common foe? 

The devil’s scheme is to divide and conquer.  Let us not be used as his instruments to cut each other down, thus only quickening our own demise.  When others hurt, we hurt, too, whether we realize it or not.  Humanity is inseparably connected.  We need each other, and if we don’t unite, we may all go down together.

Every single one of us matters to God.  He knows us by name.  Though He died for all of humanity, he would have sacrificed himself for you if you had been the only one existing.  How do we know this? 

He is the God who treasures the one.  Three times, Jesus told us of how he leaves the many to search for the one. 

He clearly states that, in discovering that one is lost, he leaves the 99 to search for the lost, and when he finds it, he rejoices greatly!

Read his account in Matthew 18:12-13: “What do you think?  If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?  And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.”

In the same way, God is not willing that any one of us be lost—no matter what color, sex, and ethnicity we are!

God deemed this point so important that he inspired its account in three places in the Bible. 

His story of the lost sheep is re-iterated in Luke 15:3-7, and He further describes how he prizes the repentant individual in Luke 15, verses 8-10:

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one.  Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?  And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’  In the same way, I tell you there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

If ever you wondered or doubted or were told otherwise, hear the truth:

You matter. He seeks after you because you are important.  You are valued.  You are loved.

You matter more than the most excruciating pain of being whipped, slapped, tortured, and nailed to a cross. 

You matter more than the life that Jesus gave up for you. 

You matter more than the death that Jesus experienced when he was hung on the cross. 

You matter more than all the riches of all the earth and more than the throne of heaven that he gave up when he came to earth and died for you. 

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