Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Important Update

Ever wonder what you are supposed to remember when you find the reminder you left for yourself? Perhaps you never have that problem, but I do. I’ll leave a bookmark in something I am reading only to return to the book and find three or four bookmarks in it. Then I have to reread each marked page to see which of my lessons it is supposed to support.

You see, I am a skimmer. I seldom read an entire book word for word. I just want to get to the important stuff. So, what’s wrong with that? The author obviously thinks all of it is important. For me it has to do with perceived necessity. If I need it, it is important. If I don’t; oh well.

As long as we are talking about information, that qualifier is okay. But let’s say we are talking about people. I can not decide that a person is not important to me simply because I think I do not need them. A person’s title or position can make them of more importance than the next fellow within their sphere of influence, but makes no difference as to their significance as a person. What I mean is this; God created man in His image. God gave man his status in the world. God says we are important, therefore WE ARE IMPORTANT.

The Apostle Paul put it this way in I Corinthians 12, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.”

God has done the setting of each member in such a way that the body never need be dismantled. Regardless of our opinion of another, we should remember that each member is vital to the survival of the whole. If we then have the mind of Christ, we will esteem others in the same light in which we desire to be esteemed.

Hold your head up high. You are somebody. You are IMPORTANT! PT2006


Anonymous said...

Thank You PT. We all must be reminded from time to time that we have to work together to make us whole in Christ.

Anonymous said...

Amen! I wish more in the 'church' would realize this but even more I needed the reminder that I need to esteem others too.