We have to see the sacred in a world that sees nothing as sacred.

See the sacred

We have to see the sacred in a world that sees nothing as sacred. We have to see the sacred in a world that measures people in terms of utility, beauty, power, strength and wealth. We gotta say "to hell with all of that" and from Heaven comes a whole new way of seeing life and seeing people!

To agree with Heaven means to see the sacred in Jesus and to see the sacred in the mirror and to see the sacred through the window of your life so that everyone you see, you see as someone for whom Jesus died. Jesus shed His blood for the person next to you. I don’t care whether they can ever do anything for you, or whether they have alcohol on their breath. Jesus thinks they are of infinite worth and chose to die for them!

Some of you are so critical of your spouse, and I’m just telling you that you need to see the sacred in your husband and in your wife. You need to see the sacred in your child and you need to treasure it; you need to bring it out! You need to be a part of God’s work in their life so that they can discover their worth and they can live out their created purpose so they can fulfil the meaning of the blood of Jesus! –Dr. Drew Shofner

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When we stand on the promises of God, there is joy!

Psalm 16:11

Psalm 16:11 says, "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

What our hearts and souls long for, is to know the joy and peace of connection to our creator. That’s what this life is for! You and I have His Word. You and I can live everyday in the presence of God. When we move from life in our own understanding, and into the presence of God, and when we stand on the promises of God, there is joy! -Dr. Drew Shofner

It is settled, you are sacred to God!

insecurity

People are always comparing themselves to each other. Why would someone who has discovered their worth ever live from insecurity? We are infinitely valued and loved by God. There is no need for you to establish your worth in front of other people! You are worth the blood of His only son! It is settled, you are sacred to God! If you get that worth, then you don't have to be like a performing monkey seeking the approval of other people. You don't have to do the dance of approval; you just live as who you are!

But if you don't know who you are and if you don't know what you're worth, then your whole life is going to be some sad performance for other people. You're going to be an empty person seeking to be filled by other empty people.

For God so loved the world, that He knew your name and for the sake of your name, He gave the name of that which mattered more than anything else. That you might choose to become, not just His creation, but His child! (John 3:16)
 
Sometimes people say, “Well, we're all God's children.” No, we're not. We're all of infinite worth to God, but we only become His child when we're willing to accept our worth in Him and accept our sonship or daughterhood and accept His Lordship and His Fatherhood. 

People, we're here because we believe that God did something 2,000 years ago that changed everything. He intervened in a surprising way on planet earth and He did what no one ever saw coming! He became one of us and He didn't pursue power or good looks. Jesus came so that you would see how much you matter to God and in accepting your own worth, you would invest your life helping others discover their worth in Christ too! -Dr. Drew Shofner

 

Jesus raised the value of every human life!

Reconcile all things

To reconcile all things means to make life work, to make life fit! That longing inside of you for the good, that's what this reconciliation is talking about. We are a people who were torn from the heart of God by our own sin like a baby ripped from her mother's arms and we have been kicking and screaming through life trying to find happiness, trying to make this puzzle fit and work together and we cannot succeed without the hand of God on and in our lives. 

Whether on earth or in heaven, God is bringing all things together. How? By making peace through His blood shed on the cross. Jesus invaded planet earth with the heart of God and he brought light to a dark world. Guys, I want to share with you that by shedding his blood on the cross, Jesus raised the value of every human life! 

God so loved the world...that he sent his son Jesus to be not merely a moral example, but to be a personal savior for everyone who would believe. Believing is so much more than religion, believing is so much more than checking a church box on Sunday. Believing means seeing the value of Jesus and seeing him as the center of your story! -Dr. Drew Shofner

There is no such thing as a judgmental Christian.

Do not Judge

How we see people, in reality, is through a critical set of eyes. When we look at people, we find fault, we see differences, we see flaws. That's the natural way that we are here on planet earth. It is from a place in our hearts, a place of radical brokenness that you and I will always be naturally critical, naturally fault finding and naturally judgemental of the people around us. 

Jesus came as light into a dark world and everything that He spoke, countered the way that we naturally lived. We had a rhythm and a flow to life. We had a way to establish power and significance and Jesus turned it all upside down. To those who came into His presence and listened, Jesus spoke revolutionary, life changing, brilliant things! But He didn't just speak brilliant things to be admired, He spoke brilliant things that were to inspire brilliant living!

One of the things that Jesus said that changes how we live, as a community, as people, as a society, on planet earth is found in Matthew 7:1-5. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Let that sink in a little bit. There is a judgement coming for each one of us. "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." I'm just telling you, there is no such thing as a mean Christian. All they are, is a person going to hell, calling themselves a Christian! There is no such thing as a judgmental believer in Jesus Christ, they do not exist! If you're judgemental, you're not a believer in Christ, you're just deceived by satan more eloquently than the people who know they're lost! 

You and I have got to stop being judgmental critical people. In John 3:17, the scripture tells us the fundamental attitude of God toward us and it is NOT critical first, "For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world." God's first revelation of Himself toward you is not "you worthless sinner," but your first sight of the heart of God is of His beloved son bleeding on a cross; loving in the most sacrificial way. That is His heart!

When we truly see Jesus, we see God shouting not only His infinite love for the world, but when we truly see Jesus, we see God shouting His love for us! We see our own value and our worth in a new way and then we see the worth of everyone else around us in a new way! 

So here's the deal, we the people of Jesus, are people who have come into His light and acknowledge that there is something different about this man. He's brilliant, and we're not just going to listen to what He said and walk away the same. We're going to live brilliantly following His teaching, His person, His Spirit, through every conversation and through every relationship. We have to hear our call to be authentic and to be different, not to be perfect, but to be people who see life as Jesus saw it and to see people as Jesus saw them; because Jesus changes everything! -Dr. Drew Shofner

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