INTRODUCTION: We live in an age of depersonalization. Everyone is known by an account number and not by name. Our communities are not communities anymore, but rather just a grouping of lonely castles. People don't know their neighbors and feel alone. People at work no longer stay at the same job all their lives but move every year or two, thus discouraging friendships.
There's good news today! You are important to God! He values you highly!
I. YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD BECAUSE HE CREATED YOU IN HIS IMAGE.
A. You are God's highest creation.II. YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO GOD BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOUR EVERYDAY NEEDS.1. Psalms 8:4-8 "What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5- For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6- You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7- All sheep and oxen; Even the beasts of the field, 8- The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas."B. The Bible speaks of mankind as the offspring of God.1. Acts 17:26-29 ""And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27- so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28- for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' 29- Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising."
A. God providentially cares for the needs of mankind.1. Matthew 5:45- ""that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."B. God has put the seasons and the rain on the earth to care for all of us.
A. We are all lost and in need of salvation.IV. YOUR IMPORTANCE TO GOD IS SEEN IN THE FACT THAT HE HAS YOUR NAME AND LIFE RECORDED IN HIS REMEMBRANCE..1. Romans 3:23B. Jesus coming to earth to die for our sins is the expression of God's love for you.
A. God has a record of everyone who has ever lived. He knows us all by name.CONCLUSION: In this world it sometimes is easy for us to think that no one cares about us. So many feel alone in a crowd. But there is no need to feel all alone. God cares about us! He wants us to accept His friendship. He sent His Son so that we might be forgiven.1. Revelation 20:12-13 "And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13- The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works."B. If we are Christians, we can rest assured that God knows us personally as His children.
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