Person of Interest

The “Person of Interest” TV show has become one of my all-timePerson of Interest(2) favorites. Sometimes, I wonder if there really is someone in the government watching us constantly. The recent “leaks” about secret government intelligence gathering projects make me wonder even more. Is it possible?

I suppose one the reasons I enjoy the program is because the two primary characters in the TV series are committed to helping prevent violent crimes and protecting would-be victims. They do this with the help of the Machine, a mass surveillance computer system that monitors and analyzes data from surveillance cameras, electronic communications, and audio input throughout the world.  Based on this data, the Machine accurately predicts violent acts – at least according to the story line in the TV series.

Whether or not Google, Facebook, or the U.S. government is spying on us every minute of the day, there is one thing I know for certain.  Someone is watching us all the time. He does not need a super computer or an elaborate, man-made surveillance system.  This person never sleeps, nor does He slumber.  Most importantly, every one of us is a “person of interest” to Him!

What does it mean to be a person of interest to God?  For one thing, it means we are valuable to Him.  In the face of life-threatening persecution, Jesus said to His disciples, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)  He did not promise to deliver them from harm, but to value them more than anything else in all of creation.

In addition, as persons of interest, we are the objects of His eternal love. His interest in us began before the creation of the universe, and extends into eternity.  Although I cannot explain why God is so interested in us, every time I look at the Cross, I realize just how awesome and amazing His love is for us.  “In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

Also, I know I am a person of interest to God, because of His constant presence with me.  Jesus knew his leaving would disturb and trouble His followers. He knew how weak and afraid they would be as they faced the future without Him.  In preparing them for His departure He said, “But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  (John 16:7 NIV)  He had to leave so the Holy Spirit could come and take His place as their guide and teacher.  When Jesus left His disciples with their great commission to take His Gospel to every people group around the world, He gave them an incredible promise.  He said, “… and lo, I am with you, even until the end of the age.  This promise was fulfilled in the coming of His Spirit.

I can say with complete confidence, you and I are “persons of interest” to the Father.  I hope you are fully aware of just how important you are to Him, and knowing this, you have discovered the joy and peace of being a person of interest to the One who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe!  Wow!  What a thought!


About Larry Doyle

Dr. Larry S. Doyle is the Director of Missions of the Piedmont Baptist Association He has served as Director of Missions since September 1, 2003. His ministry began in the pastorate in Kentucky, his native state. He served as pastor of three churches while completing his undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees. He and his wife Becky, a native of Greensboro, served as IMB/SBC missionaries in Ecuador from 1980 to 1992. He then came to the Triad to pastor the Hispanic Baptist Church in Kernersville, NC from 1992 to 2000. He and his wife served as the On-site Coordinator for Disaster Relief in Honduras from January 2000 to January 2001. Dr. Doyle was the International Ministries Director for the Baptist Metrolina Ministries in Charlotte, NC from 2001 to 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University, and received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Larry and Becky have two sons, Steve and Tim, and are the proud grandparents of three. They attend Calvary Baptist Church in McLeansville.
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