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 Do you ever feel worthy of God’s attention?  Ever think God has more important things to care about or more important people than you who need his attention?

Maybe if you were a ‘better’ person God would hear your prayers and answer them as you would like; ever think like that?

As you read the gospels you will note that when Jesus first met people, he accepted them as they were.  What this means is that Jesus believed in them and in what they would become.  When Jesus met the woman at the well he didn’t begin criticizing her for having had five husbands and five divorces and living with a man and not married.  He could have ripped into her immoral lifestyle leaving her feeling like a slug.  But he didn’t.  He accepted her as she was without condemnation.  (John 14:1-26)  He also accepted the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), and Zacchaeus the very dishonest tax collector (Luke 19:1-10).  I would say if your life comes close to being like one of these you’re still in luck; you do not go to the end of the line or need an extreme makeover before you can get Jesus’ attention.

The fact is, you (people) were his top priority.  He did this by putting their needs before the rules and regulations of their religious traditions.  He put his life in the midst of people who were considered the worst sinners, meeting them right where they had needs.  In doing so he raised their sense of self-worth by showing them their value in God’s eyes.  Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.

At the heart of most of our problems is a low self-concept or a feeling of lack of worth.  Whatever your need, come to him; he has the time, and values you so much he went to the cross to suffer horribly and die for you , to set you free from sin and death and to meet you where you are right now.

 Pr. Bob

By The Way:

Sunday 16, 9:00 morning worship. Sermon: Discipline of Purity