While doing some reading this morning, I came across this commentary in the NLT version of "Every Man’s Bible". The commentary for Matt. 18:10-14 (in part) says, “if we admit our need for him and seek to follow his will for us, we will discover how very important we are to God and the people close to us." I wasn't surprised to read the first part, however I was surprised to read that seeking Him will show us how important we are to those who are close to us. WOW! That kind of blows me away. So, studying the Bible, going to church, praying, meditating on His Word not only brings me closer to God, (I knew that) but all these things also opens my eyes to the important roles I play as a son to my parents, a brother to my brothers, a husband to Donna, a Nephew to my aunts and uncles, an uncle to my nieces and nephews and a cousin to my cousins. I DID NOT KNOW THAT!!
The passage from Matt. 18:10-14 talks about the Shepard that left his 99 sheep to find the 1 that became lost and separated from the pack. I’m sure the lost sheep looked exactly like the other 99. It probably behaved much like the other 99, however when it became lost, the Shepard not only noticed, but he left the other sheep to go find the lost one. This is a great illustration of how special we are to God, our Shepard and perhaps how special we are to the people that are closest to us.
During our daily routines, I can understand how some of us would start to feel like we are “nothing special”. We drive to work, drive home, eat, go to bed and get up and do it again. Just like millions of other people. “What is so special about me?” we may ask ourselves. The answer is, Christ within us makes us special, not only to Him, but to the people that are closest to us. He is equipping us to be the person He uses for His purposes. If you ask me, I’ll take His purposes over mine (or anyone else’s) any day of the year. Also, if I’m special to Him, it must mean that I have a special purpose in life therefore I must continue to seek His will in order to fulfill that purpose. In other words, YOU are particularly special to Him and to the people who He has placed in your life.
Thank you Dear Heavenly Father for making me special to you and the people you have put in my life. Amen