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No objection to being treated like an object

Have you ever been treated like an object? Many know the feeling. You are no longer respected as a person. In place of recognizing your human dignity, you become a mere number, or a means to an end. You are no longer important, but reduced to a t...

Have you ever been treated like an object? Many know the feeling. You are no longer respected as a person. In place of recognizing your human dignity, you become a mere number, or a means to an end. You are no longer important, but reduced to a tooth on a gear, or as something to be used and then laid aside.

What would you think if I told you God treats us all like objects? Not like I described above; just the opposite.

Remember back to your English grammar days when you learned the simple structure of a sentence. The subject was the noun performing the action. The verb expressed the action performed, and the object was the one that received the action. Becoming an object of a sentence is to be the recipient of an action.

This is God's way of making us an object. God is the subject, expressing divine actions toward us. These are actions such as forgiveness, love and transformation that make us more human, not less. God's actions fulfill us, give us purpose and bring value to our lives. Instead of being demeaned, we are improved and made more complete. We are never used as means to an end, but rather the end recipient of God's affections.

It is hard to live in this world and not be used or feel unappreciated by others. But be reassured, with God, we will always be the objects of His loving care.

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Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.

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