No One is Insignificant to Jesus

The photo is of me about ten years ago with an elderly Karen refugee and yes she is standing up in the photo. I met her at the wedding of her grandson. I greeted her in the Karen language and then smiled and looked at her as I said, “Yesu Eh Nah.” which means Jesus loves you in the Karen language.

She was so happy that she kept hugging me and followed me until we found someone who could translate. Through the translator she shares her joy over an American greeting her in her language and an American telling her Jesus loves her in her language.

Every time I think of that encounter, I think about how Jesus does not overlook anyone. Every one is important to Jesus. People we might ignore or brush off, are people who are precious to Jesus.

Sadly in the western church, we think too much about who are the kind of people to reach that will help us grow a church body. Such thinking ignores an important fact. Jesus is the one who grows a church, not us. If we care about the people Jesus cares about, he will grow a church, a ministry.

Nothing in the bible is recorded simply to give us a feel good thought or message. If we want to know how important someone like the elderly widow in the picture with me is to Jesus, consider what we find in Mark 12:

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

The Temple was a busy place. People were coming and going, Important people came and gave a lot of money to God and the Temple. Out of the hundreds of people coming and going, Jesus took note of a lowly widow and her humble offering.

If we are feeling overlooked, unimportant, or brushed aside, it is not from Jesus. He loves all people equally and he takes note of everyone especially those others ignore.

We would do well in the west to not just think of this passage as some quaint story that gives us a warm fuzzy feeling. The passage shows what is on the mind of Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God bless.

6 thoughts on “No One is Insignificant to Jesus

  1. I agree the church should focus more on helping people, walking in love and preaching the truth and less on the size of the congregation. There are too many stories of people who have been hurt in the church because they were “insignificant” compared to others.

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