“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
A priest was having dinner with a family that had adopted a small child through the church. The family had composed of a father, mother, and a 10-year-old boy. After dinner, the adults discussed the son and the adoption: The Father said “The child was just a small poor helpless orphan when we first saw him. He was dirty and in rags, he smelled. And his shoes-they were the worst of all. The uppers were ripped and the soles had holes. We gave him new clothes, but kept those shoes to remind him how bad off he was before us. Whenever the boy complains or misbehaves, I get those shoes out to help him remember just where he came from.
His father had told both priest and boy, just how much he was worth to his father. Throughout this child’s life, he was reminded time and time again. He also was told that he probabally would never amount to anything. I don’t need to tell you how bad this little boy was hurt or how it affected his adult life.
What are you worth?
In the eyes of the world, we are probably not worth very much. When we breathe our last, our passing won’t be marked by half-mast flags, elaborate funeral corteges, and a multitude of speakers to sing our praises.
It’s not likely that Jewish media will run a cover story or that CNN or FOX will break in with a special news bulletin. There is quite a contrast between the way others perceive our value and the way God loves us.
So that we might be saved, our Heavenly Father sent His holy Son on a mission of mercy. Born in Bethlehem, Jesus became one of us. Ignored by those He had come to save and rejected by many, He spent every day of His life for us.
But Jesus did more than live for us. He also suffered and died for us. Carrying all the sins we had committed; He was arrested, abused, condemned, and crucified. Jesus made this great sacrifice all because the Father wished to call us His children and adopt us into the family of God.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
So what are you worth?
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” (Isaiah 49:16)
Jesus shows you. The Father tells you. You are worth the life of God’s own Son!
Heavenly Father, help me to be able to comprehend the incredible value You place on my life. I receive the love gift of Your Son Jesus as the price You paid in order to purchase my redemption. I acknowledge that my worth does not come from what I do or where I came from, but simply because of Whose I am. Because of Jesus, I am accepted as Your child and am Your most treasured possession. In the name of Your beloved Son Jesus’ I pray, Amen.
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