My favorite Bible verse is John 1:6, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”
Out of all of the verses I could choose, that might seem like an odd choice, but I think there is an important lesson in that verse that most people overlook. His “name was John.” It doesn’t say he was destined to change the world. It doesn’t say he claimed to be great. It simply says his name was John.
This is my favorite verse because we are all simply “someone.” I’m not a religious leader or a pastor or a great man of God. I’m a man whose name is Bob. I was called to fulfill the calling or role of pastor, and I do that with all of my heart and soul, but that is not who I am. I’m just a man.
The thinking behind this is that we are not what we do, we are simply people. This one verse has defined not only how I see myself, but also how I see all people. I do not see Republicans and Democrats, I don’t see people by the color of their skin, the size of their body, or their age. I don’t see people based on their life choices or their “mistakes.” I just see people!
Some of you might call this “God so loved the world” thinking. I think its Holy Spirit thinking. Our culture is in chaos right now. There’s a lot of division happening. Every day I hear more “us” versus “them” rhetoric. It’s taken over the news, politics, even social media. But in my worldview, with eternity in mind, there are really only two types of people: those who know the Lord and those who do not.
But, and this is a big one, every single person is simply a person God loves. John, Bob, Grace, Mary, the name isn’t what’s important. What they do isn’t important. It doesn’t even matter if you are in the know God or don’t know God group. The fact that God loves each and every person on this earth is what we need to focus on. God loves ALL of His children.