God Loves Individuals

“One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother” (John 1:40).

In the Gospel of John, we find a remarkable emphasis on the individual. We read about Andrew and Peter, James and John. Jesus spends time with Nicodemus, an individual, and takes the time to answer his questions. He address the Samaritan woman in Chapter 4, before healing a man at the Pool of Bethesda in Chapter 5. We could mention more, but Jesus cares about individuals.

Jesus does not neglect the crowds. He fed the five thousand in John 6, but the crowd represents individuals, who come to Christ one by one. God’s wonderful attributes, such as His all-knowing and all-powerful qualities, teach us that He has the ability to pay attention to individuals like you. Jesus cares about you as He does other individuals. Your needs and hurts are not too distant from God that He does not hear you. He does hear you, and sympathizes with you:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

That verse tells us how Jesus was tempted, but it also teaches us He cares and sympathizes with people, whether few or many.

Sometimes we look at people as a “crowd,” but in that crowd are people who need attention, just as we do. We should praise God that He saved us and hears our prayers today. But other people carry burdens and hurts who need attention. When we see others as living souls, we begin to see them as people God cares about. If God cares about them, then we should, too.

Application

1. Praise God for His marvelous compassion and attentiveness to our prayers.
Let’s remember to thank Him for seeing us as real people, for creating us and for hearing our prayers.

2. Don’t forget to pray for specific people, as well as the crowds.
People have prayed for us, whether we know their names or not. What a joy it will be to arrive in heaven to discover who was praying for us. We will be sure to thank them.

3. We, as an individuals, can reach someone else.
People in every station in life have special access to someone that others may not. Ask God for wisdom and direction in pointing you to that special person you can point to God.

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