Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 56)
Value Life Properly
How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.
Matthew 12:12 (NIV)
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)
I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)
The devil works hard to twist our values. Therefore, Jesus spent a good deal of time teaching us to value life properly. Purposely, our Lord healed on the Sabbath, revealing love as God's primary Rule: the Rule at the heart of all other Rules.
He showed us people are worth more than pigs, sheep, dogs, oxen, sparrows or silver coins; more than homes, jobs, comfort or convenience, 'For that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the Sight of God' (Luke 16:15).
People aren't to be cheapened, calling them beggars, convicts, harlots, sinners, strangers, pesky kids or any man's property. Descriptions like crazy, crippled, diseased, ugly, weakling, loser, stupid, hopeless, untouchable or unforgivable insult their Creator and Redeemer.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Many Christians used to consider Hollywood as unredeemable, its reigning stars as detestable, its fans as beyond the church's reach, mission fields as beyond their borders, movies as exclusively sinful, entertainment as a waste of time, and faith-based films as commercial hits to be sweet, but impossible dreams.
So recall one rich man's fatal flaw. He disregarded a poor beggar who was hanging around his front gate.*
America is a rich nation. Many of our churches are rich, too. If seeking fans might be called beggars (because they're begging for fulfillment), if they're lying at Hollywood's gates (because unquestionably, they are)...
Then your regard for them values Him, and you're valuing life properly.
To Be Continued...
* The Rich Man and Lazarus: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16%3A19-31&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.