From A Mothers Heart for the week of December 8, 2011

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By Bea Wallen

  Bea Wallen

From a Mothers Heart

We are people of great value to God


Not even a sparrow worth less than a penny can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).

The Bible’s message is simple, God values us highly because he loves us deeply. In fact God values us so much that he watches over us no matter where we are or what we are doing. This truly is wonderful, too wonderful to believe. But the scriptures tell us how special we are to God. He cares about everything we do because of his great love for us. But we must not think we are sufficient without God. Our sufficiency is in the Lord. Our value is tied to the value he places on us. Because of God’s power within us, we are capable of doing far more  than most of us have dared to dream. Therefore we should allow God to walk through us to accomplish great things for him.

To think more highly of ourselves than we ought is pride. But to think less of ourselves than we ought is false humility. Our self –esteem is to have an honest appraisal of our own worth. We learn how important we are to God in Genesis 1:27-27, Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life, the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky and all the livestock, wild animal, and small animals.” So God created people in his own image, God patterned them after himself, male and female, he created them.

Also see Psalm 8: 3-8, When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers, what are mortals that you should think of us. You put us in charge of everything you made. God made us in his image or likeness, the first sign of the value he places on us. No other creature on earth is made in the image of God. The second sign of the value God places on us is that he placed people over all creatures on earth.

The psalmist could not understand how the God who made the stars could have any interest in a mere human being. Then the psalmist caught a glimpse of God’s perspective. We were made just a little lower than the angels. When we recognize that God bestows on us this kind of honor and glory we begin to understand our value.

We dishonor God when we dishonor ourselves. We also dishonor God when we forget that our life and position come from him.

Our consumer society mass markets beauty, youth, and material success so that we are constantly bombarded with the tendency to compare ourselves with the perfect body, face and job or the intelligence of another that can lead us to feel inadequate. Jesus encourages us to locate the proper source of self-esteem. Our lives are of infinite worth not because we have the looks of a model or the mind of a nobel prize winner, but because we are created and loved  personally by the eternal God of heaven and earth.

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God values you so much that he even allows your body to become a temple in which he lives. God does not need to live in you. He can live anywhere. But by choosing to live within you, he declares you his temple, his dwelling place. What a great value he places on you to do that. And Matthew 28:20 he assures is that he would be with us always, even to the end of age.

Jesus Christ the son of the living God who took part in Creation and who was from the beginning. Has promised to go with us personally and to go with us always to the end. The promise of his incredible value for us and his personal presence. This truly is wonderful. From my heart