Some of the things people value about me are my trust-worthiness, my well-rounded knowledge, and my willingness to share or teach what I know to help build other people up. Traits such as these are perfect vehicles for sharing the love of Christ.
Becoming valued as one who is trustworthy happens after you’ve the invested time in a person and shown genuine concern for
them. It requires you to respect the person’s wishes, commit to do them no harm, and to share truth with imposing your own will them. Sharing or teaching others what you know also requires the investment of time, patience, and a commitment to the betterment of others. Christ exhibited all of these traits. He invested His everything in us. Christ walked the earth as a Teacher. He never required others to call Him by a lofty title. Teacher is who He was and what He did. Christ knew His time on earth was short, so He spent it building up His disciples so they’d be able to carry on the work of the kingdom. Just before His departure from earth Christ prayed the following prayer. You can see these traits in action in this prayer:
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You… “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world (investment of time); they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You (teaching, proven trustworthy); for the words which You gave Me I have given to them… I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name (genuine concern), the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. While I was with them, I was keeping (patient) them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished (committed) but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. (John 17:1-12)
This prayer, on its own merit, is a display of Christ’s unending love, a love that I value and cherish.