Too often we base our actual human value—our true self-worth—on what we can do. While knowledge, expertise, experience and accomplishments add honor to our lifestyle, none of them depict our actual worth. They reveal what is important to us, but are the things we do the benchmark that makes our life valuable? How can we know what our life is worth is if it’s not through what we do?
What measures our value?
Our “worth” can’t be measured by what we have earned or accomplished. If it was, then those people who have the same desire to serve but who lack the opportunity to do so would be worth much less than the one who lucked out and accomplished these feats.
So, our worth as a person cannot be evaluated by what we do. This doesn’t mean that our works are not valuable to God because He wants us to do these things, but it does mean that He treasures something within us far greater! And that is our heart because what we do reflects what’s in our heart, and it’s our heart that is valuable to God.
- When a man’s ways please the Lord, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.—Proverbs 16:7
God created people in the first place because He wanted a family to share His perfect life with. But He didn’t want anyone in it that was there for the benefits or just because it was the better of two choices. He wants people who truly love Him, who love the life He’s made for them.
When Adam and Eve were in the garden, they were tempted by the devil and disobeyed God. Then God separated Himself from them because they were no longer pure; they had been infiltrated with sin. And since God is Holy, anything that comes in His presence that isn’t holy would be instantly destroyed. God loved Adam and Eve and all His children and He didn’t want His family to be destroyed. He wanted them brought back so He could fellowship with them again.
So, He sent Jesus to earth to become a man, live amongst the people and teach them about God. His ultimate purpose was to give His life on the cross so He could take on the sins of people and pay the punishment of death for them. This sacrifice is the greatest gift that any person can ever receive.
- For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.—Romans 6:23
The entire Old Testament is about the coming of Jesus the Messiah, the one who would take the punishment for the sins of the people and restore them back to God, holy and sanctified through His own shed blood—(read Isaiah chapter 53).
- For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.—John 3:14-17
When we look at the world around us and see the corruption, deception and immorality that are plaguing the entire populous, we have to wonder why God did it. Why did He bother? Of the billions of people ever born, majority of them want nothing to do with Him. So why did He bother to leave His throne in Heaven, take on the form of a man, live on this earth without any material possessions besides the clothes on his back, and then endure the brutal torture and beatings that led to His horrific crucifixion on the cross if most of the people don’t care? Why? Because the soul of every single person ever born was worth the sacrifice to God!
- The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.—2 Peter 3:9
God knew that most people would reject Him and mock Him and refuse to associate with Him, but their soul was worth dying for anyway. God has always wanted everyone to see Him as the God of Heaven who loves them. The devil and the sin he promotes is God’s enemy. People were never His enemy; they were His family.
To God, every soul was worth dying for and every soul was worth the beatings He took on our behalf. When He created us, He gave eternal value to each of our souls, which means it will never die! God made us in His image—soul, spirit and body—and although we will get new bodies when we graduate to Heaven, our soul will never change because it’s pure; it has been washed and cleansed in the blood of Jesus.
The righteous (who are those who accept the salvation of Jesus) will live on in eternity with the One who saved them. And those who refuse to come to Him and accept His sacrifice will go to hell when they die, and will eventually be condemned to the Lake of Fire with the very devil who kept them from the true God of Heaven.
- Then shall he answer them, saying, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me’. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.—Matthew 25:45-46
Our heart—our soul—is worth everything to God and He loves each and every soul He ever created, but not every soul loves Him. He doesn’t take pleasure in punishing anyone to hell, but the sin in people will cause them to be judged by God’s laws. Just as any person who commits a crime on earth would be judged by our laws and sentenced to prison, God’s laws judge and condemn every sin-filled soul to eternal prison.
So whether we are gifted with talent, education, finances and the ability to speak and help others, or uneducated and perhaps even physically disabled and not able to do the things that we crave to do for our Lord, our souls are equally precious to God! We’ve been washed in the blood of Jesus, forgiven and changed, and that makes our life worth everything to God!
- Greater love hath no man than this, that a man [Jesus] lay down His life for His friends.—John 15:13
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