The Lord Values Us

It is easy to get into a frame of mind where we think that we don't matter to God, or if we do matter, we don't have much value. We may think, "God is so vast, intelligent, powerful, and eternal that surely I don't really matter in the whole scheme of His plan."

The reality is that the Bible tells us that the Lord does care for us very deeply. In Genesis, we are told that Adam and Eve were made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27). No animal or angel is said to be made in the image and likeness of God. Jesus told His disciples that, even though two sparrows could be bought for a farthing, our heavenly Father watched over the sparrows and that we should not fear because we are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).

Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, saying that if the Sabbath could be broken to save a sheep that had fallen into a pit, how much better is a man (Matthew 12:10-12)? Again, during what is often called the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said that our heavenly Father feeds the fowls of the air and we are better than the fowls (Matthew 6:26).

But the ultimate expression of our value to the Lord is expressed in His death on the cross. The Bible says that God saw there was no intercessor, so He became our intercessor and salvation (Isaiah 59:16). The Lord took on humanity to shed His blood and redeem us because He values each human soul and He died for all (John 3:16). The Lord values us enough to give us the opportunity to become His sons and have His Spirit within us (Galatians 4:4-6). Jesus went to the cross with the joy of knowing that His death and resurrection would redeem the souls of many (Hebrews 12:2; 2:10).

We are of great value to the Lord.

 

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