Scripture Reference – 1 Corinthians 6:20 “for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”
What are you worth? More exactly, what value do you add to the world; to your country; to your community; to your family; to your church?
For many people the answer is “nothing.” We don’t see ourselves as being of “real” value in the overall order of life. We don’t see ourselves as adding anything of significance to our world, our country, community, or family. As individuals we try to avoid even thinking about our contribution to life because it makes us feel insignificant. We pretend that we are important and in control of our lives, but down deep in the recesses of our soul, lies a feeling of helplessness and insignificance. These feelings can become very prominent during circumstances such as we are experiencing right now. We can feel very small. Yet in our scripture today, you learn that you are of great value. You have unlimited possibilities! None less than our Creator God has paid a high price for you. The value God has placed on your life was the life of His own Son. Your potential is limited only by God’s will and your willingness! God’s will has already been revealed to you. All that is left is your willingness to accept His grace offered to you through Jesus.
In the Broadway play, The Man of La Mancha, Don Quixote is near death. He has been mocked and scorned because he is such a positive thinker. Finally, in a splendid self-defense, he asks the ultimate question. “Who is crazy? Am I crazy because I see the world as it could become? Or is the world crazy because it only sees itself as it is?”
If you are determined to be a significant contributor to life, you will be. If you are determined to make a difference in your world, your community, family, or church, you will! Every day is an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Especially now when community has become so important to us once again! I am not talking about the unknown things. I am talking about a tangible difference in the world around you. You are a Temple of the Holy Spirit by God’s plan. If you don’t take the time to follow God’s will every day then someone loses. You deny yourself, your family, community, and the world access to Him. But more importantly you will continue your life in fear, feeling insignificant, lost and alone. Open your life today to God’s plan for you. Be willing to give, to be significant … make a difference!
God of infinite mercy, in this time of bewilderment and fear, we ask you to give us the courage to take care of one another as Jesus did. In the midst of our own anxiety we ask you to give us the courage to support one another as you would.
In the midst of our struggle to ensure a healthy future for all who live on this planet, we ask you to give us the hope that surpasses our current understanding.
In the midst of our growing awareness that all life on Earth is connected, we ask for the heart to respect and cherish all life. That all people recognize that we are all your children and give thanks to you for the great value you have given to our lives. Free us from our fear and depression.
In the midst of our sadness and grief, we ask you to give us words to comfort one another. For those who are sick or dying from this virus, for those who tend them and for those with no one to tend them, hear our prayer!
For those who are unexpectedly unemployed, for employers who share what they can, for our government and financial institutions and those who lead them, hear our prayer!
Open our hearts to the great possibilities that are available to us, even during these anxious times! We trust in you and your power working in us. Please hear and answer our prayers. Amen!
Keep the Faith,