Published February 1, 2011

Shelia Shares....
"Who's Important?"

One Sunday morning, a pastor had a well-dressed visitor in his congregation. The visitor participated in the singing, was respectful during the prayer time and listened to the sermon. He greeted the pastor, shook hands and smiled as he made his way out the door.

Later that day when the visitor commented on the church service, his remark was interesting. He said, "There was no one important there today."

What a loaded statement!

What value do we put on people? Is their "importance" based on their material wealth or status in the community? Is their worth based on how much they can help us get to the top? How does someone become important to us?

If no one important was in the church service, where was Jesus? Was He missing that Sunday? Was He there, but unimportant — or even completely missed?

As you go to church this Sunday, look for the important people. Look for the ones that God puts in your path for you to bless. Look for the ones that need a smile. Look for the ones that don't have a family or friends with whom to sit. And, most of all, look for Jesus. Where two or three are gathered, He is there.

- Shelia

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