Why People Matter to God (17 of 20) by Andrew McQuitty

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Why People Matter to God (17 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 9.32-42

I am who I am and you are who you are because God sovereignly and directly created us to be who we are (Jerry Bridges).

And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; arise. . . (Acts 9.33-34).

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Introduction: People matter to God. . .
How would you like to have a brother as the President of the United States? Though it sounds glamorous, those who've had brothers as presidents haven't seemed to handle it very well. Roger Clinton, for example, has struggled to measure up to his brother Bill's success in his own field of entertainment. But still he's in the shadows--and will continue to be even at his own wedding in Dallas when his brother the president stands in as best man.

The most dramatic contrast between a president and his brother, however, was between Jimmy and Billy Carter. There was Jimmy at the top of his high school class and Billy at the bottom. Jimmy was the naval officer with an Annapolis education, while Billy was the Marine sergeant with no education. Jimmy was the governor of Georgia, while Billy was the superintendant of a gas station. Jimmy was the straitlaced, born-again Baptist, while Billy was the laid-back, foul-mouthed redneck. Jimmy was the President, while Billy was the family embarassment. What was it like for Billy Carter to have a brother as President of the United States? Let him answer:

I help make us an average family. Jimmy is 100% and I'm 0%. So it comes out to 50% because of me. Why did Billy Carter bitterly consider himself a worthless zero? Simple. He had no absolute objective standard by which to measure his own self-worth, and so he compared himself to his brother. Having bought in to our culture's Darwinian notion of the survival of the fittest ...


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