None Are As Important As You

The Christian life is evidenced by selflessness and goodness toward all mankind. It is the Christian who yields to the Masters command to “Do good to all men” (Galatians 6:10). The Christian is one who “considers others better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). The Christian is different from the heathen, in that he “is friendly with everyone” (thought derived from: Romans 12:16). The Christian life is “others focused” (Mark 16:15f; Romans 12:18; Matthew 25:31-40).

            The title of this blog may seem totally contrary to the foundation of the Christian faith, but the writer wants you to consider for a moment the truths that will be revealed as the information unfolds. There is a lot of truth to the greatness of your importance and worth. You, as an individual, are worth so much that God is into the smallest details of your life. The hairs of your head (or lack thereof) are numbered (Luke 12:7). God is into you! God desires so much to have a relationship with you, that from eternity past, He sought and schemed the perfect way to bring you to live with Him after your journey on Earth is complete (John 1:29; Revelation 13:8; Ephesians 1:3-7; Revelation 22:14). This immense amount of love is incomprehensible, “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). John, the disciple whom Jesus loved wrote, in consideration of the greatest love ever shown, “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). It is clearly revealed in the text of the Bible that Christians were made thus by the “Captain” or “Pioneer” (i.e., “author” Hebrews 5:9) of eternal salvation. “For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10). None Are “As Important” As You.

            When God looked down the corridor of time, through the annals of history going forward, He saw Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, in a supreme act of love, buy obedient sinners back from the clutch of the Devil and the horrors of hell (Romans 5:6-10; c.f. Romans 6:23).  That sacrifice and act of love is offered to every man (Hebrews 2:9; John 3:16). Jesus died for the world, but the salvation of the lost is an individual matter (Luke 9:23; John 10:27; Revelation 3:20).

            Peter, noticing the disciple John following, asked the Lord, “What shall this man do?” Jesus, in response, said, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me!” Salvation is an individual issue. If the entire world is lost, friend, you do not have to be. “Jesus is tenderly calling thee home, calling today, calling today.” There is no doubt that Jesus came to save the world (John 3:16) but, that is accomplished every time an individual heeds the call to come, himself (Matthew 11:28-30). None Are “As Important” As You.

            When it comes to salvation, there are none as important as you. No other person’s salvation is more important than your own. There is coming a day, in which you will personally stand before your creator, and give account to the record of your life (2 Corinthians 5:10-11). This day will come to all men, because all men have an appointment with death and judgement (Hebrews 9:27). In the judgement, men will give account of every idle word spoken (Matthew 12:36) and every deed, no matter how hidden from the eyes of society (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Seeing that is the case, your eternal destiny lies within your power to choose (Joshua 24:15), and that is one reason there are none as important as you.

            Your salvation takes precedence over all others because if you yourself are not saved, how can you help save others? If you yourself are not in a right relationship with the savior, how can you rightly point others to Him…and why would anyone listen to you about Him (1 Corinthians 9:27)? Salvation brings absolute joy, and you cannot give away that which you do not possess. David said, “restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee” (Psalm 51:12-13). There is a process for success in saving the lost, and it all begins with YOU. None are as important as you.

            God is not only seeking sinners to save, but He is seeking worshippers to worship (John 4:23-24). He is seeking the true worshipper that will gather with the true church and offer up the true praise to Him (Hebrews 13:15-16). And when it comes to the assembly of the saints, none are as important as you. See, you cannot control what anyone else in this world does, but you do govern your own decisions. The church needs you. You are so important to the vitality and vigor of the assembly. So much so, that God is seeking your presence among His people. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). This author wants to make a declaration, the same that God has made, that your presence in the assembly is more important than anyone else’s. Gods people gather together to pray (for one another and with one another; James 5:16), sing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) and this is done reciprocally; to “one another”, give (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) and we give individually, but it is carried out in the “collective” or with “one another”, we remember the Lords death and eat the supper together (1 Corinthians 11:33), we preach (Acts 20:7), and while one person may deliver the message, all are participating and studying the lesson together. All of this (avenues of worship) makes your attendance vitally important! None are as important as you. It has been said that worship will get you through the hardest times of your life, because it shifts your focus from the problems to the problem solver. Your presence in the assembly allows your brethren to bear your burdens and lift your spirits for the week to come. You are needed in the assembly of the saints.

            A song often sung among the Lord’s people says, “There is much to do there’s work on every hand, hark the cry for help comes ringing through the land. Jesus calls for reapers, I must active be. What will thou, O, Master, here am I send me?” When it comes to the importance of participating in the work of the church, none are as important as you. “The fields are white unto harvest” (John 4:35). Christians must work together in carrying out the great commission. Jesus Himself said, “Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus, the saying, ‘one sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor’ (John 4:35-38). There is work for you to do, and when you do not show up to help, someone may pick up the slack, but it does you no good at all. When it comes to your work, none are as important as you.  

            When it comes to you, friend, you are so important. You are vital to your own salvation, eternal destiny, and value in the Kingdom. God has shown His magnificent love for each individual, so what will your response be to His love? Will you “examine yourself, whether you be in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5)? Will you submit to Gods scheme of redemption through Jesus Christ and “save yourself from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40)? Will you be that person that God is seeking and well pleased with through your obedience to worship Him as He request (1 Samuel 15:22; John 4:24)? Will you determine above all else to devote time to the work of the church? Jesus gave it all, and he asks that you give yourself in service to others (John 13:5-17; Matthew 20:25-28).

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God bless you.

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