five minute friday:people
People. Humans. Inhabitants in the world. Made in the image of God.
He remembers we are but mere dust according to Psalm 103:14. And yet He made us fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). He took the time to fashion, make, form and create each one. Not just speaking each into being as He did the incredible exploding stars we see in the night sky. No, for man, He gets His hands dirty. He gets involved and makes Himself vulnerable.
Intricately woven, knit together and formed or molded as if working with clay, the very inward parts we cannot see, physically and emotionally. God made you, God made me, with purpose and intention exactly as He designed.
So how do we, the dust, see others from any other framework?
That spouse that pushes your buttons, also made with purpose and intention from the skilled hand of God. That child who makes poor choices, also was knit together by the Father. Or how about the guy cutting you off on the highway? Or the neighbor living a very different lifestyle than you? Or the clerk at the Costco who responded with irritation? Each one a person. Each one made by God, unhidden from His sight, formed by His hands with purpose.
How do we live out this Truth?
- We are called to love people. As Jesus told the scribe in Mark 12, the greatest commandment is to love God and love others as yourself. Just love them, as we love our own self. We generally look out for ourselves, take offense and defend ourselves. We comfort and nourish ourselves. What if we loved others like that?
- We are called to pray for people. God, through Paul, in 1 Timothy 2:1 urges us to supplications, prayers and intercessions be made for ALL people. Not just the ones we like, love or feel bad for. Nope. All people. That guy in traffic, the liberal neighbor, the irritated clerk. All of them. Even our leaders in high positions, PRAYING (not complaining and arguing) that they would lead a peaceful, quiet life, godly and dignified in every way (verse 2). What if we actually paused in our dealings with others and prayed for them?
- We are called to give thanks for people. In that same verse in 1 Timothy, Paul goes on to say “…and thanksgivings be made for all people.” Verse 3 tells us how this is pleasing in the sight of God who desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. What if we thanked God for this person and the opportunity to shine Christ’s light into their day?
People are a tough bunch. They are messy and needy and selfish, as are we. But those are the ones He came for and died for. So what if we, who are in Christ, lived as the redeemed and began to love, pray for and be thankful for those around us who need Him like we do?
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