Infinite Value

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:44-45)."

Christianity is unique among all the religions in the world. Every other religion preaches violence or indifference towards enemies, but Jesus Christ preaches loving and praying for them. This God is truly worthy of worship. If this characteristic were displayed consistently by Christians it would blind the whole world with the glory of God. Why is it seemingly absent?

One reason why this characteristic is not displayed is because we think that it only applies to life and death situations and not to our every day life. There is this common misconception that we would stop a bullet for someone but not give them a ride if they are too far away from our house. If we are not willing to go out of our way for someone now what makes us think we will do it when bullets are flying? The saying is true, "one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much (Luke 16:10." We need to stop being dishonest with ourselves and start living this principle by making, at least, little sacrifices for other people.

Our apathy towards others is due to our insatiable pride which overlooks the infinite value of human beings. Each person is so valuable that God sent His only Son to die so that everyone has the opportunity to know Him. Why would the Creator die for His creation? Would a carpenter die for his book case or computer programmer die for his computer? These seem like silly examples because it is obvious that we have intrinsic worth. Not only that, but our worth has been measured in the life of Jesus Christ and shown to be infinite.

When we look at each other as Christians do we see Wayne Gretzky or Chris Neil? Do we see Jesus Christ or our annoying acquaintance? Do we see the infinite value of their life or do we see ourselves? We have not even gotten to our enemies yet...


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