I was reading a devotional this week by Lee Strobel. Absolutely love reading his stuff and he has an amazing story – an avowed atheist and award-winning legal journalist for the Chicago Tribune. His wife and daughter became Christians. To “prove” that Christianity was a hoax, he set out to find evidence disproving the validity of Christ. It took him considerable time as he gathered evidence as if he was preparing for a trial – and that’s what he was doing, putting Christ on trial. The conclusion was that he couldn’t find evidence that Christ was anything other than what He said – the Son of God. It’s amazing that as Lee was preparing for this trial, he proved what he was trying to disprove which led to him becoming a Christian. (More on Lee Strobel and the Case for Christ series at another time).
The story that Lee wrote about told the tale of a ten-year-old boy in North Carolina (1995). While picking through a bucket of debris in a gemstone mine, he found a rock that caught his attention. “I just liked the shape of it,” young Lawrence Shields said. When Lawrence knocked off the dirt and grime, he rubbed it against his shirt and realized it was much more than a rock – it turned out to be a 1,061-carat sapphire (I’m heading to the mines right now).
When I read this devotional, it reminded me that what you and I see (as well as the rest of the world) is finite worth or unworth in others. We judge others by the world’s standards, which is no standard at all. But God sees all of his creation, every individual who was ever created, with infinite worth.
Oh how I wish we could see through God’s eyes; perhaps then we could look past the mistakes made, stop the judgment and condemnation, and instead give hope and comfort to every person who crosses our path. Every human being deserves the same respect, dignity and honor we seek for ourselves. All people matter to God … how are we showing it?
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”
1 John 3:1 “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”