“You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.”
(Ephesians 2:19, NLT)
Due to my past and the lifestyle I lived before I came to know Christ, I still carried around the shame of everything I did. I felt as Paul did in 1 Timothy 1:15 where he says, “I am the chief of all sinners.”
I once heard a man give this illustration and it spoke deep into my heart. He held up a R20 note and asked who wanted it – most of those in the room lifted up their hands. He then went on to say that this R20 note could have been in the hands of many people: it could have been used to buy drugs, alcohol, hire a prostitute, or it could have been part of a bribe. Then asked who would still want the R20 note. Once again, most of the people in the room raised their hands. He then asked the crowd: “How do we know R20 is worth R20?” Someone answered: “Well, because a higher source, the government, gives that note its value.”
Our worth works exactly the same way. No matter what we have done or been through – just like that R20 note – we have worth! Not because of anything we could have done, but because of the worth that God places on us. This worth is seen by God sacrificing His one and only Son (Jesus Christ) for YOU and me! God determines your value and your worth, and He found you so worthy that He left His throne in heaven where He was loved and worshipped. He came to earth in the form of man – God, in flesh, died so that you could live. He bought you with the highest price: a price that is far above all the precious jewels of the earth combined.
Our worth as children of God is not defined by our mistakes, our failures, our pasts, our parents, or our peers. Our worth is defined by Him to whom we belong, and that is God. Know this today: YOU ARE WORTH IT! YOU ARE LOVED! YOU ARE VALUABLE! YOU ARE ACCEPTED! YOU ARE WORTHY!