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Monday, November 7, 2016

WHAT ARE YOU WORTH?

Luke 12:6-7 New Living Translation
“What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins*? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
            What do you think you’re worth? What is your worth to your family, your friends, your employer, your fellow church members … can you put a value on it? It’s tied into how you feel about yourself as a person, isn’t it? Do you like yourself? You should. You’ve no doubt heard the phrase “you’re special, cuz God don’t make junk”? Well, it’s true. Did you know that you are priceless to God?  To be priceless is to be of inestimable worth.  God created you and considered you so valuable that he sent his own Son to die in your place as payment for your sins.  Let that sink in for a few minutes.
            If He takes care of everything in His creation and nothing escapes His ever-watching eye, then why would you think he doesn’t know you and care for you? The devil wishes for you to believe the lie that you are worthless because of your past mistakes.  That’s not true.  The world judges you based on your achievements and how you look.  That is conditional acceptance.  There’s nothing about you that could make God stop loving you. He created you and loves you without any conditions being placed upon the relationship. Couples may sign “prenuptial agreements” prior to marriage just in case things don’t turn out well for them; however, no such agreements are needed with God. You may turn from Him, but He will NEVER turn from you.
            So no matter what you have done in your life, know this, the world may turn its’ collective back on you, but your Heavenly Father will NEVER, EVER leave you or forsake you. His love surpasses anything our finite minds can comprehend. There aren’t enough words in existence to describe Him. He loves you no matter what. Get used to it, because that truth will never change.
Resources: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

*Roman coins equal to 1/16th of a denarius, which is a gold coin of ancient Rome equal to 25 silver denarii. For the sake of modern day conversion, why don’t we simply say a sparrow is worth two modern day copper pennies?

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