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Most Important Person

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Who is the most important person in the world?

Allow me to answer that by asking a number of other questions first.

Who is able to give the quickest care to people in your world?

Who has the resources to encourage your next door neighbors?

Who can show the reality of a living, loving Savior to folks at your place of employment?

Who is able to intercede effectively for people whom you know and love?

Who can speak up for what’s right, and show the world a better way to live?

I ask you once again: who’s the most important person in the world?

It’s not Gandhi, Obama, or Joel Osteen.

Billy Graham, TD Jakes, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, or even Warren Buffett. Nope, they are not.

Mother Theresa isn’t either.

God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit; yes, they each have their place.

But they aren’t the most important.

You see, the most important person in the world is YOU!

No one can sing your songs, touch your world, or live your life like you.

 

There isn’t a person alive who can replace you.

 

You are unique to your world, the world into which God placed you to live.

Yes, it’s true; you can’t do much without the help of God and others.

But without YOU, there’s no one for them to help! Without YOU, there’s no reason for the Gospel. After all, Jesus came to seek and save YOU.

YOU are the most important person in the world. YOU are full of purpose, potential, and promise.

YOU rock!

No, the world may never see your picture on the cover of Time magazine, or the Rolling Stone, for that matter. The number of Facebook friends you have may be minimal.

But YOU can never be replaced!

So, understand your importance, realize your power source, and get busy doing what only YOU can do.

YOU. The most important person in the world.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)

You!

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You.

No one stronger, weaker, sadder, or happier than you. You know you can do everything you set out to do, until you come face to face with those pesky limitations only you are aware of.

It isn’t easy being you, is it? I could never be you! I wouldn’t know where to begin.

You can see other’s weaknesses much better than I can. Especially my own. And you’ve been a great help to me in this matter.

If there were more people like you, this world would be like Heaven on earth.

You can discern other people’s motives, reading between each line they utter. You have a gift for getting to the heart of the matter with just the raise of an eyebrow or a slight clearing of the throat.

You make a difference.

Not everyone appreciates you, but you probably know that. There are some who won’t have anything to do with you because they think you act haughty and boastful; but I’m certain it’s just jealousy on their part.

I have never heard you ask anyone for help. I’m glad you haven’t asked me, because I am thoroughly convinced I am way below your league. I couldn’t possibly be able to help you.

Thank you for your suggestions on how to raise my kids, train my dog, and empty the litter box. I’ll never forget your words of wisdom. Oh, and the helpful tips about friendship evangelism almost bowled me over! So right on!

I’m praying for you, not that you need it; I, however, do need the practice. I’m praying for you to find just that perfect spouse, the ideal pet, the church that teaches everything you believe, and someone who is righteous enough to speak into your life.

I imagine it’s kind of lonely being you.

I’m glad I’m not.

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I have found life to be very interesting, haven’t you?

Strolling through life, enjoying each new day, thankful for your family, friends, job, ministry…

When all of a sudden a bomb explodes – not a literal bomb, but a situation, a threat, a fear; something unexpected, rocking your calm, peaceful world.

Years ago there was a guy, a king, name Jehoshaphat (love the name!); King in a land called Judah.

Good dude. Nice.

The Lord considered him to be a good dude as well. “…good things are found in you…and you’ve prepared your heart to seek the Lord”, are the words the prophet of God told him.

What a word to receive from the Lord! It’s like hearing Him say, “well, done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Or maybe it’s like having the Publishers’ Clearing House people knock on your door with one of their HUGE checks! If that happened to me I’d probably be up all night, every night for a week. I mean, think what could be done with all that money!

Having the assurance of God’s approval, His favor, is FAR more valuable than ALL the money in the world! But even that won’t stop trouble from coming at you; or keep a “bomb” from exploding near you.

Shortly after Jehoshaphat received the prophet’s word from God, someone else approached him with a different kind of word (2 Chronicles 20). The word went something like this: “Jehoshaphat, you’d better brace yourself! At least three nations, consisting of several hundred thousand troops, are marching against YOU at this very moment! YOU had better get ready.”

It’s a story that is fairly well known, and it ends with the good guys winning, and the bad guys killing each other. Good stuff.

But there’s one thing I want you to see. Jehoshaphat’s prayer. Here it is: 2 Chronicles 20:5-12 (I have highlighted certain words for greater clarification)

“Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us — sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine — we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir — whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them — here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.

O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

YOU. Jehoshaphat knew exactly where to look. He was told, “King, the enemy is coming for YOU.” So King Jehoshaphat figured, “if the enemy is coming for “YOU”, then let them come and meet “YOU”.

The King moved the attack’s focal point from himself to where it belonged. GOD!

If we are in Him, abiding under the shadow of the Almighty God, we are in a place beyond the enemy’s reach.

If we’ll stay in there, and not let the enemy draw us out.

It’s not that we’re beyond attacks, beyond threats, beyond trouble or major problems. But we must remember our place of refuge.

For the enemy to reach you, he must first go through “YOU”.

I hope I am getting this point across to YOU. To help, I’ll close with scriptures using the words “You Are”. Let the words help YOU see just where your help lies.

When trouble comes, the bomb explodes, and YOU feel like caving in – remember:

the YOU Who is for YOU…

O Lord God…

You are the helper of the fatherless
You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup
You are my Lord
You are holy
You are with me

You are the God of my salvation
You are the God who does wonders
You are my strength
You are my God
You are my King

You are my rock and my fortress
You are my help and my deliverer
You are my hiding place
You are my hope
You are my trust

You are more awesome than Your holy places
You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb
You are my strong refuge
You are glorified
You are good

You are more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey
You are the same, and Your years will have no end
You are the God of my strength
You are there
You are near

You are fairer than the sons of men
You are the glory of their strength
You are from everlasting
You are very great
You are my praise

You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek
You are clothed with honor and majesty
You are exalted far above all gods
You are my portion
You are my shield

You are great, and do wondrous things
You are great in counsel and mighty in work
You are the Lord our God
You are our Father
You are God

You alone are God

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