Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Worth, Part 1

Do you ever feel like it doesn't matter what you do? Ever wonder how what you do could you make a difference to God? He's got so many people to keep track of, and in this world, it often seems like people who do the right thing end up pushed out of the way of those who are willing to bend the rules.

To look into this, let's go to Job. After a brief introduction at the beginning of the book, we're shown a day in Heaven. In verse 1:8, God says, "Have you noticed my servant Job?" (NLT). He goes on to tell more about Job, but I'm going to stop there because I think that simple question holds the answers we need.

God is paying attention and notices us. When anyone asks if you've noticed something, they've already noticed. They couldn't even ask the question if they hadn't. God's question tells me he's watching, and he takes note of our lives.

God claims us as his own. In the question, God calls Job "my servant." He doesn't just say, "Did you see that guy Job?" Instead, He calls him His own. If we follow God, we belong to him.

God knows us by name. We're not just a blob in a nameless mass to God. He can identify us each as individuals, just as He did Job.

Now, you may be thinking that none of this turned out so well for Job; he lost everything shortly after this day in Heaven. But at the end of the book, he gets back everything he lost and more. And I don't just mean belongings. Job says to God toward the end of the book, "I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes" (Job 42:5). He got to see God up close and personal. Now isn't that something we could all use?

So next time you feel overlooked, feel like you don't matter, like you're just a face in the crowd, remember that God notices you, claims you, and knows you by name. You're one of a kind.

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