Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away; for I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”
In just a few short verses in the Gospel of John, Jesus speaks about the disciples and their value in God’s eyes. Jesus does not characterize them as the fishermen, the tax collector or other titles that may have been prominently placed during this time. While the crowd’s focus earlier in this chapter was on physical needs and supplies, Jesus was attempting to get those that were listening to see more. Whoever, all and everyone are the direct focus of his conversation and his invitation to put their faith in God. The physical needs had an appropriate place and value but there is more to life that should be valued as essential. Throughout the recent weeks, I have watched the subjects of our conversations shift. There is no doubt that the coronavirus and its devastating impact has dominated our conversations. However, the virus’ influence and effects have assisted in enlarging the attention of many to focus on home, family, friends, neighbors, communities and loved ones. We have begun to see ourselves as worth more than the value associated with professional, corporate or employment titles. Son, daughter, father, mother, friend and neighbor are just a few of the tittles that have made their way to the center of our conversations as we see one another and reexamine our values.
In God’s eye, whoever, all and everyone are valued. Our conversations are shifting, but will see a shift in our values? Thank you to everyone who has been labeled and identified essential for their work and their sacrifice. I am praying today that in this moment there is also a shifting of our values that allows us to see that in God’s eye everyone is essential. No matter what you are facing today, or how challenging the moment, we each have value and are essential workers in our homes, families, to our friends, our neighbors, our communities, loved ones and perhaps most of all the strangers that we will meet in the days ahead who will prayerfully become our friends.
You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!
(Psalm 139 16-18 TLB)