2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Romans 5:1-8 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
On Monday I heard an old Dean Martin song I’m sure most of us are familiar with, “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You.” It made me think about how many folks feel unloved. Those same people either have low self-esteem or have become bitter over the years. Unfortunately, Dean Martin’s words ring somewhat true.
The Good News is God Loves You!
Maybe it is true we’re nobody until somebody loves us. The good news is God loves you. Even when we feel like the whole world is against us, Jesus loves us. In God’s economy each of us is “somebody.” You are precious to your heavenly Father. In addition to those verses above, Luke Jesus reminds us that God never forgets us. Isaiah says He knows your name. Over and over again God tells us of His great love for us. When you’re having a bad day, take a deep breath and remember that Jesus loves you. Just tell yourself that you are important to the Almighty God. The Creator of the entire Universe thinks you are special! You are somebody!
I wonder, too, how might the world be different if people began to understand 2 Peter 3:8 and Romans 5:1-8? If we can somehow share with the world that they are somebody because they are loved, how might lives be changed? Would the crime rate go down? Would abuse happen less?
But let’s face it. Sharing this concept with the world is a difficult task. It’s nearly impossible. However, what IS possible is making sure our children understand the endless love that God has for them. In Deuteronomy God tells parents to teach their children when they are home, on the road, when they lie down and when they get up. If we really spent that much time helping our children learn how much God really does love them, if they could begin to grasp at a young age that they are “somebody,” and learn what serving this loving God means, imagine the possibilities. We may not change the world, but consider how we will change our children.