It is said that when Napoleon was crossing the Alps with his troops, a drummer-boy was swept away by an avalanche of snow. He was utterly unable to rejoin the others without assistance. Nearby soldiers looked back but dared not stop and go to his aid without orders to do so. The little boy began to play the relief call on his drum, and the soldiers heard him. Napoleon himself was told of the accident, but made no response. So they traveled onward. The boy watched from far below as the army marched away. When it was clear to him that he was not to be helped, he began to beat his own funeral march. Many of the soldiers wept as they heard it. When they reached their homes, they told the story to their wives and children who also wept.
How grateful are we…how overjoyed…that our God is not like that. He heard our cry of distress in our fallen condition and came to our rescue. “0 wondrous story of deathless love, each heart is dear to that Heart above. He fights for us when we cannot fight and comforts us in the darkest night.” In Luke, chapter fifteen, one of the encouraging lessons we learn is the, importance of each individual. God teaches us that He is not willing to give up on anyone. He doesn’t just want a crowd…He wants you! He wants me! He didn’t send His Son to impress multitudes, but to seek and save the lost…all of the lost…each of the lost (Luke 19:10). Christ’s glorious mission doesn’t justify indifference to any human being, not even a child. Rather, Christ’s glorious mission elevates the importance of each soul. He is not just about numbers, He knows your name. He doesn’t only know you, He knows the number of hairs on your head. Isn’t that amazingly good news? That’s Gospel!
Since He believes we were worth the dying for, how shall we view ourselves and others? To discount another human being is to discount the Cross of Christ. To regard ourselves as worthless is to reflect poorly upon His sacrifice. Let us take for our own the conviction that the Apostle Paul expressed in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”