Tuesday, December 4, 2012

You Are Valuable to God

Photo by John Whittington
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.  - Matthew 13:44 

Americans spend billions in counseling and medication trying to get a sense of self-worth.  The only way to understand our value is to see ourselves through God’s eyes.  Earlier in Matthew 13 we find that the field is the world.  There is a treasure in that field that is worth everything to God:  You!  Four factors help determine the value of something.  Let’s apply them to you.

The Maker
The maker or designer always affects the value.  Designer clothes  usually cost much more than generic.  Ephesians 2:10 says that you are God’s handiwork - His masterpiece.  Being designed by the greatest Designer makes you valuable!

Encourage a child to share toys with a friend.  Notice that he is free with some toys, while carefully guarding others.  He protects his favorites.  Psalm 18 describes God swooping down from the sky as a super hero saving the day for his beloved.  You are valuable to God!

Spouses desire to provide for each others needs.  Parents provide for their children.  We give them good food and clothes.  We send them to school.  We want the best, and only the best for them.  Jesus said, “If you, then, though you are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11)!  You are valuable to God!

What someone is willing to pay determines the value of something.  I’ve heard of strange things selling for high prices on ebay.  If someone is willing to pay a few hundred dollars for a piece of toast with an impression of the virgin Mary, or a jar with a “ghost” in it, then that’s how valuable such items are to that person.  

The Bible teaches that God gave everything He had to give.  He gave His only Begotten Son.  The Bible also says that His Son was not forced, but freely gave Himself for us!  You’re worth everything to God!  What a statement!  When you’re struggling with whatever complex or inferiority, remember:

The maker determines the value - God is your Maker!
The protection determines the value - God is your Protector!
The provision determines the value - God is your Provider!
The cost determines the value - God gave His all for you!

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