Happy Resurrection Sunday! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend remembering the best demonstration of love that has ever been given.
This week let’s talk about what God says we are worth. We’ve thought about what other people say and what we say we are worth. The problem is, both of those viewpoints are flawed. So let’s look at what we’re really worth.
When we meet someone new, what makes the first impression we have? Maybe what they’re doing at the time or something about their personality. But usually, don’t we notice what they look like? That’s what Samuel did when God sent him to anoint the next king and he saw the baby of the family, David.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:6
To a degree, we can learn something about people from their appearance. It’s one of the ways we choose to show ourselves to the world. But if someone met me for the first time today, they might wonder why I’m wearing so much black on Easter. In my case, it’s because I found my black dress shoes and I had a sweater to match since it’s chilly. So I’m not actually trying to make an anti-Easter statement.
God sees us for our potential. The kind of love He has for us, agape, means to see the worth in someone and want the best for them. He showed this love in an amazing way when He shared Jesus for us.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
When we’re Christians, it’s not just us that God sees. He sees us through Christ. So our bad is taken away, and for Jesus’ sake, God sees righteousness.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17
As Christians, we get a chance to start over. We get to be new people and leave whatever is in our past behind. Becoming one of God’s children means we can try again to be the best version of ourselves with the greatest Encourager there is.
Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12:6-7
God sees each one of us and knows everything about us. He knows what we’re good at and what we just can’t seem to get right. He knows when we have a day that nothing works and we just want to hide under a blanket. And He still loves us.
God says we are worth being loved. We’re worth getting to know and being helped. We’re worth His attention and care. We’re worth a Savior and a forever home as His adopted kids in Heaven.
God says you are worth it. All of it. Always.
May the Lord bless and keep you,