What Makes You Valuable
Do you know how valuable you really are? Do you know how valuable and special you are in God’s eyes? Do you know how much He delights in you? Do you know how valuable you are to the Kingdom? God has put gifts and talents in you that He wants to use to bless others and glorify Himself. What is it that makes you so valuable? What makes YOU so special?
- You are created in God’s image (Genesis 2:3).
- God has declared that you are valuable in His Word (Psalm 49:19).
- God has demonstrated your value by His actions when He sent Jesus to die for you (John 3:16).
- The Holy Spirit lives in you (I Corinthians 10:19).
What Your Value is NOT Based On
Sometimes we forget how valuable we are. When people treat us badly, or when we fail to live up to God’s, others’ or our own standards, we lose our sense of righteousness and slip into condemnation. The truth of the matter is that no matter what happens to you or around you, no matter what you do or don’t do, your worth and value is a constant: infinite. Your worth and value will NEVER be based on these things:
- Physical attributes
- Popularity with people
- Socio-economic status.
I know this seems elementary, but we do sometimes let these things affect our worth and value. If we do not identify the phenomenon when it’s happening, before we know it, the devil will have tricked us out of God’s free gift of a continuous sense of “OK-ness” and acceptability called righteousness.
Your Value is the Same No Matter What
I have a demonstration I like to do when I do workshops to drive this point home. I’m not sure who came up with this, but It’s a great illustration. I hold up a $5 bill and ask who wants it. Everyone clamors for the money, of course. Then I crumple it, throw it down, step on it and then ask who wants it. Everyone in the room is still willing to take it. Then I make my point and say, “Sometimes, just like this $5 bill, we get beat up and crumpled in life by people who reject us or circumstances that are difficult. But no matter what happens to us, our value, just like this $5 bill, is still the same.” Therefore, you must not let what happens to you define you or be used as a gauge to measure your worth and value. God is the only one who can accurately determine or declare your value because He is sovereign, and He is your Creator. No one else’s opinion matters.
When people reject you and fail to appreciate your worth or what you bring to the table, Jesus tells you exactly how to handle them in Matthew 4:13: “Do not cast your pearls before swine. Do not throw what is holy to the dogs.” When people can’t or won’t appreciate you or your worth, Jesus says to limit your exposure to them. We need to go where we are celebrated not tolerated. Know this: Your God created you and He celebrates you. He has people He will send your way who will recognize and appreciate your gifts. You just need to make sure that no matter what happens, who shows up or who doesn’t, you always know that your worth and value is stable, secure and constant. You are an awesome creation of God Himself and worth more than you can ever imagine. No one and nothing can ever change that.
What do you do when the devil tries to attack your worth, value and righteousness? Leave a comment below.