God says that not only are you accepted, but you're also valuable.
How much do you think you're worth? I'm not talking about your net worth; I'm talking about your self-worth. Don't ever confuse your valuables with your value as a person.
You can be rich or poor, but it has nothing to do with your value as a person.
Two things determine value in life:
1. Value is what someone is willing to pay for something.
2. Value depends on who has owned something in the past.
Based on these two things, what's your value? Ask yourself, "Who owns me?" and "What was paid for me?" The Bible says, "You were bought at a price. Do not be the servants of men" (1 Cor. 7:23).
You belong to God, and Jesus paid for you with His life. The cross proves your value.
Nobody has ever paid a greater ransom than God paid for you. You're acceptable, and you're valuable.
Peter uses the imagery of a building project to illustrate our value. God is building a stone building that represents the church, the family of God, and you're one of the stones. "Coming to Him as to a living stone who is rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious" (1 Pet. 2:4).
Jesus is the living stone. He was perfect, but some people still rejected him. Some of you may think, If I could just be perfect, then I would be accepted. No! Jesus was perfect, but even He wasn't accepted by everyone. But he was "chosen by God and precious."
God is building His church, but it's not found in temples or church buildings. God lives in people, and you are His spiritual house. Peter says you're a living stone. When you give your life to Christ, you become a building block in God's great plan.
Talk It Over
- How does understanding a Christian's value in God's eyes change the way you treat yourself and other believers?
- What is the evidence in your life that you have grasped the freedom that comes from being ransomed by Jesus Christ?
- Once you stop trying to earn God or anyone else's approval, how can you instead spend that energy by sharing this message of God's approval with others?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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