DayBreaks for 6/29/18: Three Reasons
From the DayBreaks Archive, June 2008:
When was the last time that someone did something that made you feel unimportant? Chances are that it was fairly recently. It may have been the way you were treated by a co-worker or a boss. It may have been the fact that your spouse didn’t greet you warmly when you got home last night. It might even be that your dog wouldn’t even give you a warm sendoff as you went out the door this morning! (You know it’s getting bad when your dog shines you on!) Some were raised by parents who made them feel worthless – like human trash.
It is easy to get down on ourselves. We grew up in a school system where our mistakes were pointed out. Have you ever noticed how it is the errors on the page that are marked and counted instead of the right answers? We might feel better about ourselves if the positive things we did were highlighted instead of the mistakes we made!
I ran across a quote from Lorne Sanny, the long-time head of the Navigators that I think is worth sharing. It has a very biblical answer to the question of why we are important and valued by God. Here it is:
“I can give you three reasons why you are important to God:
First, simply because of who you are;
Second, because of what you cost, and;
Third, because of what you can become.”
Who are we? We are the pinnacle of God’s creation – made in His very image. It was only after God made man on the sixth day of creation that He was moved to declare that what He’d done was VERY good (Gen. 1:31). Everything else that He’d made up to then only rated “It is good.” Mankind, however, was something else! Psalm 8:5-6 says we were made only slightly lower than the angels, we’re crowned with glory and honor and we are charged as rulers over the works of His hands!
What did we cost? You know the answer to that one already. We were purchased not with the blood of bulls and goats, but with the blood of the Son of God (1 Peter 1.18-19). In this age of multi-billion dollar mega-mergers and huge corporate buyouts we are somewhat dulled to the scope of the finances involved. Yet not one corporate CEO or president has yet bought out their enemies by literally bleeding to death for them. Why? The cost is too great.
What can you become? You can become like a bright star in God’s heavenly galaxy (Phil. 2:5); a partaker in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4); a pillar in God’s temple (Rev. 3:12); like a tree besides fresh waters (Ps. 1:3); and certainly not least, His son or daughter (Rev. 21:7).
Never let anyone tell you that you are not important or valuable. God begs to differ!
PRAYER: We often feel so small and insignificant in this vast universe that was created by Your hands. When we feel useless and insignificant, help us to remember that truth that You find us precious and that we are important in Your eyes! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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