You can’t put a price on it.
We’re very casual about assessing someone’s value. We look at people and determine whether they’re worth our time and effort.
At times, while leading worship, I’ve been in a sweet spot and I’ve glanced to the back of the church and seen someone with their arms crossed in defiance, or someone yawning or texting or talking to someone else. To put it mildly, that doesn’t make me happy in that moment. My emotions flare and I want to shout, “Don’t you know that we’re worshiping GOD, and He’s worthy! What are you thinking!” But those are my emotions.
Regardless of whether someone in the congregation isn’t responding to worship the way you think he or she should, regardless of people’s actions, we don’t have the right to judge them. We don’t know what they’re going through or how much they worked lately, or what’s really affecting their actions.
It’s time for us as worship ministers to look at people the way God sees them – looking at them with God’s eyes of love.
We have the capacity to love like God loves.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” NASB
We have the ability within us to look at others and see their value through God’s eyes. Their worth is so great that Jesus paid the price for their sin. He valued them more than His life. He gave His life because He loves us.
We have the ability to love people the way God loves them. Romans 5:5 says that God’s love has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It’s already in there. God’s love was demonstrated and provided for us. It’s so great that it allows us to look beyond a person’s actions and see their value and potential.
It’s time to look at people the way God sees them, with the eyes of love. Be an imitator of God. Accept and celebrate the other person’s gifts and abilities, their uniqueness and strengths.
You can’t put a price on their value. Their worth is so great that Jesus gave everything for them.