How Important Are We?

Q. For the past couple of months I’ve been thinking about the question, how important are we (as born again Christians) to the earths progression and understanding of God? Can you you help me with this?

A. Obviously, God can accomplish all of His goals without our help. But in some areas He has chosen to enlist our participation. He called us the salt of the earth and the light of the world, meaning He wanted the world to learn something about Him by watching us. He said everyone will know are His disciples by the way we love one another (John 13:35) which is a reflection on Him.

His most specific instruction in that regard is found in Matt. 28:18-20. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Does this mean that God will limit His exposure on Earth to that which is accomplished by the Church? Of course not. I think it’s more like the example of me letting my son help me with a project. He may cause the project to take more time than I intended, and his “help” might even do more harm than good. But it’s a chance for me to express my love for him, and maybe teach him something in the process. I think that’s the way God must feel about letting us help him.

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