Recognizing Your Value


Thursday, February 08, 2018


Did you know that a new car loses its value once it’s driven off the lot? Or an original art piece will always be worth more than a reproduction or a copy? Imagine if we as humans depreciated in value depending on how good we were as students or what a good wife we were being to our husbands? Imagine if we believed that our value was based on our mistakes and not based off of whose we are and…. oh, wait.

Many of us live our lives each day believing that our worth and our mistakes correspond when in reality they have no correlation. In fact, you didn’t just randomly come up with this idea in your mind. It was intentionally placed there by the ultimate liar, the enemy of your soul. That mistake you made that one time which lead you to feel guilt and shame in which you couldn’t seem to shake, caused you to accept a lie that you are no longer worthy of your Heavenly Father’s love. Grace is a one size fits all. Grace wasn’t designed for the ones who have it all figured out. It doesn’t come neatly packaged in a box that you can pick up in a store. Grace came as a baby in a manger over 2000 years ago so that you’d know in the age of social media and comparison that there is no one who can compare to you in the eyes of the Lord. “You are the apple of his eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10.

Now that you understand your value is not in your mistakes, then you must know it’s not in your health either, right? Luke 13:10-13 describes a scene between Jesus and a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years. Imagine the frustration she must’ve felt by her own body. A few years ago I was diagnosed with chronic urticaria which basically means I break out into severe hives not triggered by food but by my own body. It happens suddenly and without warning, and if I’m not careful it could lead to anaphylactic shock. After frequent hospital visits, I started to feel upset and angry by the betrayal of my own body. When you’re sick, it’s very easy to feel useless or unworthy. The beautiful thing about this story in Luke is in verse 12 when it says “when Jesus saw her, he called her forward.” I love that. He saw her, He sees me, and He sees you. Not only did He heal her of her infirmity, and I believe every day He’s doing a healing in me, but I believe He also wants us to know that our worth can’t be placed in the hands of our ever-changing body. Our worth should be placed in the fact that our father sees us and is lovingly calling us toward Him.

But above all else, when you place your worth in just anything, you’ll end up getting nothing in return (Job 15:31). The enemy is prowling, relentlessly trying to convince you that all the other roles in your life outweigh your highest role of being a child of God. While I’m not minimizing all the other wonderful hats you might wear in your life whether it be the hat of a mom, dad, spouse, teacher, police officer, and more. Your being a daughter or son of the most high God will always be above them all. Those other roles can be taken from you, but “neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39).

 

Author: Amanda M.

Comments

Addy commented on 08-Feb-2018 07:17 PM
Amanda. Your wise words have touched me & sm certain will touch those who read this message. As children of GOD, we forget about his amazing grace & sometimes need to be reminded.

I believe GOD's given you a gift of touching people through writing. May GOD con't to use you & Bless you in this manner.


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