And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:28-31
When a wrong or tragedy is personal and close to us we often see it through a different lens than if it had happened to someone else. The same applies when something good or monumental happens. To us it can have a significant impact on our joy. To God, it’s all personal.
Our sin is personal.In Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve sinned they hid themselves. Adam and Eve both tried to blame someone else to take the focus off of themselves. We are to blame for our own actions (Ezekiel 18:20). It is my own personal sin that I must give account.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
God’s love is personal.Consider what God has invested in us. Not only does He have great patience with His creation, He sent His only son to die for each of us (John 3:16, John 15:13, Romans 5:6-8). He gave His life through His love for each person individually. How much more would God have to do to prove a His love for us?
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2
God’s commands are personal. It’s evident that mankind has lived under different laws at different times. We fall under the Law of Christ. When Peter preached the first sermon on the day of Pentecost it was done in such a way that those who heard it responded personally, “what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). When Saul of Tarsus learned of his sin and repented of it, the response of the preacher asked him what he was waiting for; take action! (Acts 22:16). Obedience is something we are each responsible for on our own (Hebrews 5:8-9, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
Judgement will be personal.We all will appear before Christ and give an account for all the good things and all the bad things in our lives (2 Cor 5:20). We must be concerned with what we do in our lives now because there are no second chances. It will be you and God; one on one. When the last day comes God will invite each of us personally into His rest or away from His presence (Matthew 25:46).
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. John 5:28-29
Do we see God’s love as personal? Do we let it affect us personally? It’s between you and God.