You Have Value

Everyone lives in different circumstances. This is true on the local as well as the global level. What is true in your life, the things you have to deal with, are different from the things that anyone else has to deal with. The issues that people in one country face are different from the issues people in another country face.

It may be true that your life is similar to other people around you, but no matter how much your life is like someone else’s, there are areas that are unique just to you. No one else has a life exactly like yours.

Even in the Christian life, we are all different (on another level Paul makes this clear in his discussion of the Body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12). The trials you face, the temptations you deal with, the concerns you have, are not the same as your brother or sister in the faith.

This gets us into the area of judging another Christian. While this is not the purpose of this blog, it does help in our understanding of Matthew 7:1 (although the spiritual rational for not judging another believer goes far beyond the American proverb of “walking in his moccasins”).

One of the great truths that is easy to overlook in any discussion of life is that every Christian has value in the eyes of God. You as an individual have great value to God regardless of the circumstances of your life.

Your value to God does not depend on the relative ease or difficulty of your life. Your value in the eyes of God depends on one profound truth – you are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6. A favorite NT term that demonstrates the love relationship between the Father and the Son).

When God looks at you, He sees His own Son. You are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Wow!

God does not see me as the terrible sinner that I am – He sees me as pure, holy and righteous. Because of Jesus.

That means that He values you as the most important person in the world because He values you as much as He values the Son of God!

So whatever you are facing today – no matter how difficult your circumstances, no matter how badly someone treats you – don’t forget that you have great, even infinite value to God!

Be encouraged! Be blessed! As much as the Eternal God values nothing and no one more than He values you!

You are His Beloved.

Stay in the Word

Pastor Steve

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