GOD VALUES US AS HIS TREASURED POSSESSION
“God made you uniquely, beautifully, intentionally, purposefully, wonderfully.” – Louie Giglio, Founder of Passion Conferences –
We have great value in the eyes of our Creator. We are of inestimable worth to Him. He loves us deeply, accepts us fully and forgives us eternally. We were not worthy before we came to Christ. God has always loved us… yet only through Christ were we made worthy. When we came to believe, His worth became our worth.
Christ came to give us freedom from sin, victory over death and worthiness before God. To be worthy is to be deserving of value and significance, importance and excellence. God chose us out of His great love, accepted us into His family and gave us great worth and dignity. We have the privilege of being called His children.
Too often, we, as believers, do not feel worthy of being a child of God. Three untrue mindsets can cause us to think less of ourselves than we should. Our Lord wants us to live the abundant life He has planned for us. We counter these mindsets with God’s truth of our worth, value and significance in His eyes.
- Are we living for the approval of everyone in our life except God?
“For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” – Ephesians 1:4
Seeking the love, approval and acceptance of others instead of God sets us up for disappointment. Being overly concerned about what others think of us allows them to determine our self-worth. For people are changeable, yet God never changes.
Our untrue mindset is that people’s perceptions of us are more important than God’s. The world deems us valuable by all that is transitory, like our success, our wealth, our prestige, our possessions. Our Lord values us for who we are… who He created us to be. Only He gives us our true value.
God’s truth tells us that we belong to Him. We bear the stamp of our Creator. He chose us and welcomed us into His family. We place our trust only in His estimate of our true worth. We live to please Him and follow in His ways.
- Are we looking for perfection in ourselves and our world to give us value?
“We, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:12
When we expect perfection from ourselves and our world, we add stress and anxiety to our lives. Placing too high of expectations upon ourselves sets us up for potential failure. Failing to measure up to our own standards leaves us feeling depressed and defeated.
Our untrue mindset is that our self-worth depends upon our efforts. We are trusting in our own power rather than God’s. When we do not succeed, we believe it is a reflection of who we are as individuals. We let ourselves down and our self-worth fades away.
God’s truth tells us that only He is perfect. We live in the confidence that He loves us in spite of our shortcomings. For He is pleased with us and we choose to reflect His glory.
- Are we allowing our past to cause us to doubt our worthiness before our Lord?
“According to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” – Ephesians 1:5-6
Too often, we allow our yesterdays to affect our todays and our tomorrows. When we are burdened by our past, letting guilt weigh us down, we question our own worth. We open the door to believe the lies of the enemy.
Our untrue mindset is that who we are is dependent upon our past. The enemy does not want us to feel worthy. He drops lies into our minds that cause us to doubt God’s love, question His acceptance and distrust our value in His eyes. The enemy focuses our attention on all the ways we’ve fallen short of who the Lord expects us to be.
God’s truth tells us that we are made worthy in His sight by Christ’s sacrifice. We cast aside untruths and refuse to believe the lies of the enemy. We leave our past behind in His grace and walk into the wondrous future He has prepared for us.
“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
We are God’s beloved creation… of infinite value to Him. He rejoices over us. He shines His favor upon us. We live a life of thankfulness because we are loved, chosen and worthy.