Every day, here at Highway, I get to see the hard work and dedication of those who work with children. They wear “many hats” and exercise great patience as they counsel, comfort, teach, and correct the children. And, they do this for a very modest salary. Imagine how important this is to God! They get to shape the minds and attitudes of the next generation. Yet, the culture in our country hardly notices those who sacrifice so much for others. For example, compare the insane salary difference between a children’s worker and an athlete or an actor. Our country elevates and almost worships those who can elicit cheers from adoring masses. God’s values are often the opposite of ours. To follow the Lord means we must let God rearrange our values and learn to look at others the way He sees them. In Psalm 68, God speaks about those whom the world overlooks. The Lord proclaims himself, “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land” (Psalm 68:5-6). So we see that people are important to God, and He seeks out the lowly and overlooked…to give them hope and a future. This begs the question, “What is important to me?” Are children just annoyances to be brushed aside? Are those who are poor invisible to us? Are people in prison just forgotten? Do we care about widows or children without parents? How easy it is to entertain ourselves by simply watching the actors and athletes…but when was the last time we actually did something to help a lonely or hurting person? As followers of Jesus, we believe that our hands and feet belong to Jesus. As we love and serve the overlooked and underappreciated, so we serve the Lord Himself. Serve well. Love well. This is why He saved you.
Pastor Mark Boucher