August 7, 2016
- Value (Dictionary): Something (as a principle or quality) intrinsically valuable or desirable; a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged; relative worth, utility, or importance.
- Value (Bible): Of great value; value at a price, estimate; I honor, reverence; worthy, worthy of, deserving, comparable, suitable; of great price, precious, honored.
We look at the world and see how the world values life and material things. On one hand people have placed a high value on certain paintings and on the other hand we see people strapping on a bomb to kill themselves and others. One values life and the other does not. One values wealth and another does not. Most people value family at some level. But how does God see us? Are we really valuable? If we know that, then we can see the value in valuing ourselves and others from Gods perspective!
Genesis 1:26-27: 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [a]sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (NASB)
The creation clearly shows Gods love and the value He has placed on us by making us in His image! Through creation, God gave mankind the oversight while He maintained ownership. In doing that, God revealed how much value we have! There are so many examples of how God values us. It is possible that you may not have seen yourself as valuable- but you are! Let’s look at what God did at Nineveh. Even though they had strayed far away from faith in God, He sent Jonah to warn them that in 40 days they would be taken into captivity.
Jonah 4:11: 11 And why shouldn’t I feel sorry for a great city like Nineveh with its 120,000 people in utter spiritual darkness and all its cattle? (TLB)
God had sent Jonah to proclaim a warning and it took three long days to walk the city to be sure all would hear! After day one, people began to repent and in the end the city was spared! God had decided to give the city one more chance because, in spite of them. Evidently God saw value there and God gave grace. Exactly how valuable are we today? It turns out we are incredibly valuable in God’s eyes! Each of us is unique and specially gifted. Because we are made in God’s image we are treasured by God and need not worry about our life because it is in God’s hands:
Matthew 6:25-34: 25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (NASB)
As we read the above Scripture, we see God loves us and intends to care for us. As Jesus looked upon those lost, we too should look out for those lost! Jesus saw their plight and had compassion and told His followers there is a need for workers with compassion. Jonah did not understand that need but in the end grace prevailed even though Jonah opposed God’s plan.
Matthew 9:36-37: 36 And what pity he felt for the crowds that came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know what to do or where to go for help. “The workers are so few,” he told his disciples. (TLB)
So, we see we are indeed of great value in God’s eyes as we value others- like Jesus!
John 3:16-17: 16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His[a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (NASB)
1 Corinthians 6:20: For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. (NASB)
After reading the above Scriptures, we can return to the question, ”Are we valuable or does anyone truly care about our time here on earth?” The truth is we are loved by the Lord and it is time to look at our hearts to see if we are truly valuing what God has done for us. It cost God His Son to free us. It was a huge cost, indeed. We can now walk with open eyes and look up and not down!
A walk in time,
How short it seems!
Yet our Father