I keep thinking about that title of the message this past Sunday over and over again. Everyone is a “Big Deal” to God therefore everyone should be a “Big” deal to us. The message has motivated me to look at my life and ask myself, “Does my way of life reflect that people I come in contact with are a big deal?”
To love others effectively we have to first believe God loves us! I love what 1 John 4:11 TPT say, “Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then, “loving one another” should be our way of life.”
Our motivation to love comes when we truly know we are completely known by God and completely loved by God! You don’t have to earn it, you just have to receive it! Let this be settled in our hearts so we can truly experience an exciting life by giving this kind of love to those in our spheres of influence! You are a Big Deal to God therefore let those around you become a Big deal to you!
In his book, Everybody Always, which I highly recommend, Bob Goff says, “God’s idea isn’t that we would just give and receive love but that we would actually become love.”
There are 3 things we can do to “become love” in someone’s life: TIME, WORDS and ACTIONS.
People won’t be a big deal to us if we don’t spend time with them. Just like we can’t catch something contagious if we aren’t around someone who is sick , our faith won’t be contagious if we aren’t around others. We love when we make time for those God puts on our paths. You can invite someone along to coffee or to shop at Target, plan an activity together or simply pick up the phone and ask questions to find out how that person is doing.
Goff also says in his book that, ‘People don’t want to be told what they want. We need to tell them who they are!” Those we come in contact with know who they are NOT but when we tell them who they ARE they will want to be around us! Everyone is valuable to God, loved, precious, significant. When we affirm that in others, they experience love. When we believe what God tells us about ourselves, we are able to tell others what God says about them.
One of the best ways to show you love someone is to do something for them. Maybe someone in your life just had a baby, and you could offer to babysit or bring a meal. Maybe they arrive at work early and you could drop off a coffee for them. Listen to what they say and you will know what they need. Your action may open them up to the love of God!
Join me in making people a Big Deal and watch how our lives will become more rewarding and fulfilling!