A devotional thought from Mary Jo Sharp for “The Meaning of Life”
How do you express to others or show them that you believe their lives have value? In my experience, Christians do not seem to pay enough attention to demonstrating the value of human life in everyday actions.
We live in a world full of evil. Everyday, people experience various levels of suffering and pain at the hands of other people, whether directly or indirectly. The reality of evil in this life can make it difficult for a person to believe that God values his or her life. As Christians, we are charged with the task of demonstrating a life-changing love to the world.
Take a moment to read Christ’s prayer recorded in John 17:20-23. As Jesus prayed for His current and future disciples, He prayed for them to demonstrate a love to the world that would testify to His deity—the God who loves humankind! However, Solomon looked out into the world and found that even the “righteous” did what was wicked. No human will demonstrate a perfectly righteous love in this life. So what can be done with regard to Jesus’ prayer for us?
We must first intend to love people in a way that demonstrates that we value human life. This is a conscious decision that we must make everyday in every encounter. It is a vital decision concerning how we view the world. If we get caught up with treating people in accordance with the ways of the world, we may give testimony that there really is no God and that evil is just the way things are.
Conversely, we are to show that there is a way of love in Jesus that ultimately defeats the evil, pain, and suffering of this present age—that Jesus is truly the God who is the Savior of the world!
Pause and Reflect
• Have you encountered a person who does not trust God because of the amount of evil, pain, and suffering in this world? How did you respond?
• Do you have troubles trusting God because of your own experiences in this life? What steps have you taken in responding to your own doubt?
• What can you do in small ways to show people you encounter that they have value?