Your value is immensely distorted by the surrounding world.
According to society, you are merely one in approximately seven billion people. Your worth is often derived by position or power. You are judged solely by what you bring to the table.
According to them, you are no longer worthy once you fail to produce.
To others, you are simply a number. For example, your health care system may view you as no more than another patient with an accommodating cost.
To some, however, you are invisible.
Perhaps you have nothing they want. Maybe you’re too irrelevant, old, or powerless. Perhaps your perceived value was lost years ago with debilitating illness. Nonetheless, they don’t see you.
God, however, views you much differently.
According to Him, you are:
- Seen. Before your birth, God watched you. Even now, He observes your every step (Psalm 32:8, Psalm 121:5, Psalm 121:8). Everything you do – whether good or bad – is examined by your Father in Heaven. God will not abandon you in your old age – He has promised to keep watch until the last of your days (Deuteronomy 31:8).
- Chosen. You did not become a child of God by accident. No, you were chosen by Him before He created the world (Ephesians 1:4). Your name was on His lips and heart as He built Heaven and Earth.
- Adopted. You are not lost or drifting. If you are a Christian, you belong to God Himself as His adopted son or daughter (Ephesians 1:5). Although you may have been unwanted by your earthly parents, you were chosen for adoption by your Father in Heaven.
- Marked and sealed. (Ephesians 1:13) You are marked for great things. A mark or seal implies ownership and protection. Absolutely nothing can penetrate your protection without the going through God first.
It’s difficult to reject the negative press about us. After all, we live in a world that continually delivers the message that we don’t measure up.
However, God says differently.
If we instead choose to believe what God says about us, we’ll act like it. No longer will we be victims. Our problems will become opportunities for God. We will have hope.
My dear Friend, you have incredible worth. You are of utmost importance. You are the beloved Son or Daughter of the highest King. Don’t let anyone or anything convince you otherwise.
Rise up and take your seat with royalty – after all, that is what you are (1 Peter 2:9).
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)