Monday, December 3, 2012

Value

There are so many tragedies and atrocities in this world that remind us of how imperfect our world is.  Last week, I wrote about a horrific story that a young nine year old girl relayed to a missionary.  We read terrible things in the news about what one human does to another.  We hear about the abomination of human trafficking and how some view human life as disposable.  The stories we hear often reveal the fact that we forget the value of life.  In fact, I think that is exactly one of the ways the enemy attacks us.  If we cannot value human life, we will not recognize our significance to God, our Creator.  If we believe the lies of the enemy that we are not worth anything, we will not believe that God places a high value on us.  But, Jesus reminds us that no matter what people call us, or what they do to us, we are more valuable than we can understand.  Please read Matthew 10:24-31.

Jesus reminds us in these verses that even He has been called the "prince of demons."  If that is the case, His disciples will be called even worse.  But, Jesus also reminded us that we do not have to be afraid of other humans who will call us terrible things or who will want to kill us because they still cannot touch our souls.  Only God has the ability to condemn our souls and He is the One who we should please and believe.  The example Jesus gave us to consider is the sparrow, which had very little value (and probably still would today if they were sold since there are so many).  Jesus pointed out that even though they had such little value, God still knew when one fell to the ground. If God was so aware of a creature with so little value, imagine how much more God values us!

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy; but now you have received mercy.  1 Peter 2:9-10 (NLT)
For we are God's masterpiece.  He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.  Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
We are God's masterpiece and His special possession!  Does that encourage you at all?  Can you believe the truth in these words that God penned thousands of years ago and kept fresh so you could read it today?   But notice that there is a responsibility to being His masterpiece and special possession - we are to give Him praise and do the good things He planned for us long ago.  Remember, you are so important to Him that He knows the very number of hairs on your head.  We are valuable to God and He is aware of our every moment; let's live like every moment counts!

Do you believe God places a high value on your life?

This post is linked with Sharing His Beauty and Monday Musings.

2 comments:

  1. Yesterday our pastor spoke about our need to know the scriptures as we live in a broken world. We need to dig deep in God's Word so we have perspective.

    Thanks for an encouraging post-- love the verse from 1 Peter.

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly. It has been through digging in scripture that I have changed my perspective. I love spending time in the Bible; it truly is alive!

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