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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Do You Know How Much You Matter to God?


by Barbara Latta

As we enter a new year our thoughts are on new ways to set goals or start resolutions.

But we can also be tempted to look behind us and allow any despair, heartbreak, or loss from last year to overwhelm us. Our soulish health depends upon changing our focus.

The only reason we should look in the rearview mirror is to learn from mistakes. We don’t need to stay in the pain of the past. God doesn’t want us living in regret.

We can anticipate the future with hope when we focus on the love Christ has for us and that He gives our lives significance.

The best way we can start this year is to know we matter to God.

We can learn how important an individual life is when we read the story of the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-25).

Jesus left Judea to go to Galilee. In that day, Jews did not travel through Samaria. They would take the longer way around to avoid putting their feet on the soil of a despised race. Except for Jesus.

The Scripture tells us that Jesus “needed” to go through Samaria. He knew a woman with a broken heart and a spiritual thirst would be there. A woman who felt insignificant. A woman who didn’t matter to society. A woman who felt alone and isolated. A woman who sought love but remained empty.

She may not have mattered to anyone else, but she mattered to the Son of God. She mattered so much He changed His route just to be where she was.

The Messiah ministered to this woman’s soul and healed her hurts by accepting her despite her sin and failures. His words changed her destiny. He broke religious tradition and racial prejudice because she was important. He showed her what true love was all about.

Do you ever feel the same way this woman did? Do you feel lost in the billions of people in the world as if you don’t matter?

The Savior speaks to us as individuals. He is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). We matter so much He died in the place of each of us.

He meets us where we are like He did with the Samaritan woman. You matter. I matter. He gives each life significance. He wants our fellowship. He wants us to let Him love us.

We can start the new year by accepting Christ’s love and letting Him show us how important we are to Him. Please know you matter to God.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:9-10 NIV)

Join the conversation and share your thoughts.

We can start the new year by accepting Christ’s love and letting Him show us how important we are to Him. Please know you matter to God. (click to tweet)

 Have you set new goals for this year? My most recent article on Crosswalk encourages us to make prayer a priority and grow into a habit in 2024. You can read the article here. 4 Ways to Make Prayer a Priority This Year

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  1. Thank you Barbara for sharing your Crosswalk article link here. It is excellent as is your call for us to know Gid lives us and know Him
    More deeply through prayer.

    1. Our goal to know God on a deeper level is one we should continue to pursue during our lifetime. Only then can we grow stronger so we can resist temptation and also be able to bless others. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  2. Excellent. I’ve been a little downcast in my spirit to say the least. I live in New York, and I can use some sunshine. L O L this was the Sunshine that I needed today. Have you ever thought of mentoring new writers? It’s amazing to me what you said in your first paragraph about looking back-bc I tried to write a similar new years thought for my blog. If you are interested in editing or helping new writers, let me know. Thanks, Gina lifewithchristsite.wordpress.com -my blog

    1. I hope you got some sunshine in your day. Those cold, dreary ones can get us down. Thanks for your encouragement to me. I am willing to help anyone I can, but I don't feel qualified. Your words are very kind. I will check out your blog. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  3. The story of the Samaritan woman is a wonderful example that Jesus loves us, no matter our faults and past actions. But it also reminds us that when we accept Him as our Savior and follow Him, we are changed forever. I can identify with the Samaritan woman and I'm forever grateful to Jesus for rescuing me. Thank you for this inspiring message, Barbara.

    1. I am forever grateful to Him too, Katherine. Where would we be if He didn't rescue us? Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  4. "Accepting God's love." Why do we have such trouble letting God love us? I think we resist because we don't feel worthy of his love. What a great idea to resolve to accept God's love this year. After all, He gives it freely. Thank you for this.

  5. What an important question to ask Ms. Barbara. Perhaps the best one ever! Thank you for this inspiring and encouraging post ma'am. God's blessings.

  6. Thanks, J.D, for sharing. Blessings!