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Wednesday, November 20 2019

You are not a useless nobody. God made you in His image — in His likeness. You were made in God’s likeness, thus you are not worthless. You are far from it. You have intrinsic value so that God loves you even when you are a sinner. God formed you in your mother’s womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139:13–14). What is your opinion compared to God’s standard? Don’t degrade yourself below what God has made you. It doesn’t matter your body shape, your age, and your success level. Your spouse and your family’s value of you are not greater than God’s love for you. God sets your value, not your spouse, your family, your friends, your boss, or your church family.

            Your business success will not save you (Luke 12:16–21). The rich fool said to himself, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry” (Luke 12:19). However, God declared to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” (Luke 12:20). God wants you to seek eternal life before you seek retirement and comforts in this life because you are worth eternal life in Jesus Christ.

            After Jesus warned those whom He loved about Hell, Jesus revealed, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6–7). God knows all about you. He knows your every sin, secret, and fault, but that does stop His love for you. God has a goal and mission for you to seek His kingdom (Luke 12:31). God does not want anyone to perish and not be saved and that includes you (1 Tim 2:4; 2 Pet 3:9). God loves you. You are precious in value to Him. Paul wrote, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).

            No matter your “winning” or “losing” at life. God loves you. Paul revealed, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved” (Eph 2:4–5). Your sins can’t stop the love of God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:31–39).

            God wants a holy people (1 Pet 1:14–16). However, everyone sins with the exception of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who came and lived a perfect life. God could have taken Jesus straight into Heaven so that Jesus would never die and exterminated the rest of us. Why not? Jesus earned it and we spurned it. God wanted a holy people, and now Jesus accomplished that as one holy and divine person. God could have allowed Jesus never to die. Instead, God loves you so much that He sacrificed His only Son for sinners to resurrect for eternal life.

            Please, do not degrade yourself and devalue your life. Don’t judge yourself by how you perceive your usefulness or value to others. Stop measuring yourself as Jesus commanded you not to judge by your own standard (Matt 7:1–2). God gave you life and He knows the number of your days (Ps 139:16). God saved you, the believer, by grace and raised you to new life from baptism to become God’s worker now to do good works. Show the world that you work because God saved you by grace. Paul taught, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph 2:10). Stop valuing yourself by your standards, your perspective, and your expectations of yourself. You’re not God! God has provided you a way to salvation in Jesus Christ. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

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