“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
“Do not be afraid, for you are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my Lord, since you have given me strength.” Daniel 10:19
“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4
In humanistic terms, the value of an object is determined by the price someone is willing to pay for it. Justin Gignac, cofounder of Working Not Working, demonstrates this idea in his business experiment. Take a “worthless” piece of crap, for instance, and raise the value of it by setting an expensive price tag on it and see how many people will buy it. “This is, in essence, what luxury brands do, because it works,” said Gignac. Human value, of course, is not determined by another human being but it’s determined by the Creator who made us. In spiritual terms, when God created you, you were already valuable from the moment you were conceived. In fact, He thought of you long before anyone did:
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139 (emphasis added)
After the Fall in the Garden of Eden, God had to do something to save His people from eternal damnation. Your soul is so valuable that God was willing to sacrifice his own Son to pay a price that nobody could pay. Jesus’s blood that was shed on the Cross says more about your worth as a human than anything, and all God wants is a relationship with you that will last unto all eternity. Don’t believe the naysayers, and don’t believe the biggest naysayer of all, which is inside of you. It’s true that we are our own worst critics; it doesn’t help when we entertain the negative things that others say to us or about us. Banish all doubts, self-criticism, and criticism from your life and let God’s Word infuse your spirit.
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