Representatives of Care

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

Let’s be honest church.  If you didn’t have a relationship with Christ, and you were in a circumstance of genuine pain and some member of the local 1st Baptomethopaliancongreprebsygationalist Church said to you, “Jesus cares,” how might you respond?  It occurs to me that I might tend to answer with a somewhat cynical, “That’s cool….Do you?”  Now, that may seem like an unfair attitude, but the reality is, if Jesus really does care (and He does), how might they know that unless Jesus’ people care too?

Paul was having a little trouble getting First Church of Corinth to care about others as much as they obviously cared about themselves.  The Corinthians had a little “what about me” issue.  So, the Apostle wrote a couple of letters to them to have a “come to Jesus meeting” in absentia.  He wrote, “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!'”  WE SPEAK FOR CHRIST?  WHAT?!  REALLY?!

Ambassadors….representing Jesus.  So when we say, “Jesus cares” (and again, He does) as citizens of His kingdom and ambassadors of our King, may we not also say, “We care,” as in, “the Lord Jesus, and all of us in His church care.”  How can we present the words of our King and not also represent His attitude?  How can we represent His truth if we don’t believe it’s true?  And if we speak it and we believe it, how can we not live it?

So, let’s move from Paul to the often even more blunt and plain-spoken Peter.  The old fisherman wrote, “Give ALL [emphasis added] your worries and cares to God, for He cares about [for] you.”  Now let’s add all this up….  (1) We represent Jesus, whom we believe is God.  (2)  God’s Word says for hurting people to give all that they might worry and/or care about to Him (including their genuine suffering)…. why?  (3)  Because He cares about and for them.  This equation seems to indicate that hurting people can bring their worries and cares to God through His ambassadors….HIs representatives.   To quote the more contemporary, non-Scripture writing sage, Dr. Phil, “How’s that workin’ for ya [us and them]?”

There’s an old “tried but true” adage that says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Jesus cares!  As His followers, we know that.  The world doesn’t really care that we know that.  They want to know that too.  The best way for us to help them know that is to show them how much He cares by showing them that we do too!  REPRESENT!


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