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“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.”

2 Corinthians 5:16  


I read a quote by Pastor Alister Begg this morning that serves as a great encouragement about the possibilities today holds. He said, “There are no inconsequential moments in our days. There are no chance encounters. There are no irrelevant people.” Every life matters and if you believe that to be true then your day just got more exciting because of the potential that lies before you. Every day you are breathing is a gift from the Lord as are each encounter. God is in everything, most often unseen by the naked eye. The book of Colossians 1:16-17 reminds us of this wonderful truth, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” That includes people!

Every tribe and every nation under heaven were created by God which makes every person relevant as each and every human life is stamped with the image of God. Look around today, and don’t miss the God sightings. He is everywhere and in every thing, His image is on every human life. Engage people in conversation. See people the way God sees them, unique, gifted and one of a kind. The apostle Paul wrote that we are all spiritual beings at our core. Ultimately, we either are followers of Jesus or we are not. More than all the other distinguishing characteristics that make us unique from one another, nothing is as important as our spiritual condition that will either unite us or divide us. We are either walking in the Spirit or living in the flesh?

God’s heart and desire is for men everywhere to be saved. The apostle Peter makes it plain as day in that, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Followers of Jesus have been commissioned just like our Savior to be about the Father’s business. Since there are no inconsequential moments, we don’t have time to waste. Since there are no chance encounters, we must be mindful of the conversations we have with others. Since there are no irrelevant people, just saved and unsaved, the most important dialogs you and I can have today are the ones we have with others that focus on Jesus, knowing Him and making Him known. God is in the people business, they matter to Him. Our job is to show them God’s love and that because they matter to Jesus, they matter to us too!

 
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16  


I LOVE YOU!

Michael Osthimer

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