Saturday, April 20, 2019

What Are You Worth?

Forasmuch as ye know  that ye were not redeemed  with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 1 Peter 1:18.

I often think that some of God’s precious people do not understand how much they are worth to God. They are constantly worried that God might strike them down for any little thing. The most freeing aspect of being a believer is understanding our position in God’s family.

Most people that have become parents will tell you that their children are the most precious thing to them. How much more do you think God’s children are precious to Him? In the verse above, we find out just what it cost Him to bring you into His family. Silver and gold may be considered valuable to men, but the blood of His Son was the most valuable thing to God. He gave that which was most valuable to Him to purchase you and me.

No person could pay the required price, because it was far above anything that we have. “None of them can by any means  redeem  his brother, nor give  to God a ransom for him:   (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth  for ever:)” Psa. 49:7-8.

None of this is intended, nor should it, cause us to think of ourselves above what we are, or to be puffed up with pride about ourselves. It is all to God’s glory. “For ye are bought  with a price: therefore glorify  God in your body, and in your spirit, which are  God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20.

What I do want is to remind you that you are worth a lot to God. I want you to know that God values you so much that He will do only what is absolutely best for you. Romans 8:28. I know there is an enemy that would like to make you think that God is out to hurt you, to make your life more difficult, to strike you down.

Maybe it is a result of our culture that we think that any time something does not go the way we want, that we are being persecuted or abandoned by God. God’s love is demonstrated in His continual working to make us more like His Son Jesus. Changing us from glory to glory. 2 Corinthians 3:18.

We may be unwilling sometimes to equate hardship or trials with love, but that is because we cannot see what God sees. This brings us to the main point of knowing how valuable we are to God. If indeed God places such great value on His children, should we not trust Him completely for our lives? Instead of complaining about our circumstances, let us turn to God and look to Him for His best.

Is there correction from our heavenly Father? Certainly; it is part of His great love for us. Hebrews 12:5-11. Remember that God loves you and you are very precious to Him. He will not leave you nor forsake you. He will always have your best interest in mind and under control.

Gordon Crook