I have a question – it’s one of those rhetorical questions we preachers ask… Here it is. In all of God’s creation, what does He find most valuable? What is absolutely the highest on His list? I believe there is nothing more valuable to God than people. Us. You and me. They. Them. Look at a few of the verses that reveal this truth:
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 ESV
…then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7 ESV
Your hands have made and fashioned me… Psalm 119:73 ESV
Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:16 ESV
These verses tell us how valuable and unique we are among all of God’s incredible creations. Nothing else has been created in His image. You are. I am. They are.
And what did Jesus say? He had just told His followers they would face challenges, difficulties, and even persecution because of their faith in Him. He reminded them He would be with them, no matter what.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31 ESV
Your “hairs” matter. Your life matters. Your future matters. God cares about you, and that makes you valuable. No matter what other people might say or think about you, you are valuable and worthy. The world we live in attempts to convince us that our value and worth is found in so many other things – don’t pay attention to the world – pay close attention to Jesus and what He says.
What are the implications of this truth in your life?
Grace & Peace,