Yesterday at the gathering I told my Cell Group Leaders they are entrusted with God’s most precious treasures.
What are God’s most precious treasures?
It is not the successful programs or well organized activities. It is not the majestic sanctuary or the grandeur of music that fills it. Rather it is people.
People are God’s most precious treasures.
They are the reason why God came to this world. It’s for people that God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross. God went that far just so people could become children of God. They are the future princes and princesses who will one day rule with Christ at His coming again.
Cell Group Leaders have under their care God’s most precious treasures.
The Apostle Paul recognizes that for he exclaimed in I Thessalonians 2:19-20
“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.”
The people we nurture and disciple are our future glory and joy. They will be our crowns of rejoicing.
Our Lord Jesus highlighted the preciousness of every soul in Luke chapter 15.
In the parable of the lost sheep, the good shepherd left his 99 sheep to look for the one, which is lost. Every one matters to him. Jesus concluded, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repent …” (Luke 15:7)
In the parable of the lost coin, the woman who had ten silver coins took pains and effort to find her one lost coin. It was hard and tedious work for the woman to carefully sweep her entire house holding a dimly lit lamp. Again Jesus concluded, “Likewise I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10)
In the parable of the lost son, the father was waiting hope against hope for his prodigal son to return home. And when he did, the father was not angry. Instead he ran to welcome him and restore him.
All these 3 parables given in rapid succession tells us that people matters. They are precious. They are worthy of all our efforts to reach them, find them and bring them back to God.
It is simply because people are God’s most precious treasures.