Our lives have great value to God
Let’s take a few minutes and let God through the Apostle Paul teach us how valuable we are to our Lord.
“Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 4:4-10)
“His great love for us” — Of course it makes sense to connect love and valuing. However, in this case it’s God’s love that GIVES us value.
“rich in mercy” / “by grace you have been saved” — Our God did not have to extend this valuing love to us. He chose us even though we are offensive, disobedient and prideful — “dead in our trespasses.”
“made us alive” — No one knows life to the fullest until they come to Christ.
“kindness to us” — Yet another word to describe the heart of God toward His wayward people.
“not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” — When I think of any value my life has often I think of what I have achieved. I’m more valuable in the workplace because of my education. I’m more valuable in physically helping someone because of my exercise. I’m more valuable in being an advocate for someone because of my knowledge. This part of the passage reminds me I did nothing to earn my best value . . . God gave it to me.
“we are God’s workmanship” — He not only IMPARTS value to us but He also continues to SHAPE us throughout our journey with Him.
“created in Christ Jesus to do good works” — Our value is not like some fragile piece of artwork that sits in a glass case to be admired. No, our value is more like an appliance that is useful every day for simple but needful purposes. (I bet you never thought of yourself as a can opener!)
Take some time today to thank God for valuing you. You are so very precious in his sight!
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)