You Are Valuable

The devil wants you to question yourself, but let’s learn to value ourselves by the
word of God.  You care for what you value.  Psalms 8:4-6 says “what is man, that
You are mindful of him?  And the son of man, that You visit him?  For You have
made him a little lower than Elohim; and have crowned him with glory and honor.  
You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all
things under his feet.  

When we look at the vast expanse of creation, we wonder how God could be
concerned for people who constantly disappoint Him.  Yet God created us only a
little lower than Himself.  The next time you question your worth as a person,
remember that God considers you highly valuable.  We have great worth because
we bear the stamp of the Creator (Genesis 1:26) “and God said, let Us make man
in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the
sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and
over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth”.

We can see the great worth God places on all people, because God has  already
declared how valuable we are to Him, we can be set free from feelings of
worthlessness.  Psalms 139:14,17-18) says “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows right well.  
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  
If I could count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am
still with You”.  Living by the values of Scripture earns us a good reputation and
makes us worthy.

God made us in His own image, so He must value us highly.  He also emphasizes
how important our souls are to Him.  What makes us worthy?  I Corinthians 6:20
says “God bough you with a high price.  So you must honor God with your body”.  
Long ago, even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to
be holy and without fault in His eyes.  His unchanging plan has always been to
adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.  And
this gave Him great pleasure, so we praise God for the wonderful kindness He has
poured out on us because we belong to His dearly beloved Son.  He is so rich in
kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our
sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:4-7).

You are valuable; the value of a thing is determined by how much someone would
pay for that thing.  God paid for you with the blood of Jesus (Revelation 1:5-6) “to
Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.  And has made us
kings and priests to God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and
ever. Amen”.  That makes you special and costly, believe that; because “as a man
thinks in his heart, so is he”.

Meditate on your new self (II Corinthians 5:17-18) “therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are
become new.  And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus
Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation”.

Just look at the price that God paid for you (I Corinthians 6:20) “for you are bought
with a price, therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”
and (I Peter 1:18-20) “forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by
tradition from your fathers.  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb
without blemish and without spot.  Who verily was foreordained before the
foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times; for you”.

People say “I am not worthy”, and that is true if you haven’t received Jesus as your
Lord and Savior, but God has made you worthy.  The Bible says “as He is, so are
we in this world” (I John 4:17).  God looks at us through the blood of Jesus. He is
the author and the finisher of our faith.  It is not that we think we can do anything of
lasting value by ourselves.  Our only power and success comes from God.

We are told to be the salt and light to a dying world (Matthew 5:14-16) “you are the
light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a
candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, and it gives light to all that
are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.

We are so valuable because (Amos 3:7) says “surely the Lord God will do nothing,
but He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets”.  We are the body of Christ,
His hands and His feet.  Ask yourself a question, if God depended on you, is He in
He sends us out in (Matthew 28:18-29) and in (Mark 16:15-18) which says “and He
said to them, go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He
that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be
damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast
out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.  They shall take up serpents; and if
they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick,
and they shall recover”.  

In Psalms 82 says “God stands in the congregation of the mighty; He judges among
the gods.  How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked?  
Selah.  Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.  
Deliver the poor and needy; rid them out of the hand of the wicked.  They know not,
neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness; all the foundations of the
earth are out of course.  I have said, you are gods; and all of you are children of
the Most High.  But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.  Arise, O
god, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all nations”.

Remember that God gave man dominion over the earth, and He never took it back;
so He needs man to do His will.  Let us rise to the occasion, and yield ourselves to
the Spirit of God, and do His mighty work.  We are church, and Jesus said that “the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it”.  

The early church believed that they had the power and authority, and went out and
turned their world upside down.  When you consider that in this world, we have
access to radio, television, internet as well as mass transit, we should be turning
our world upside down too.

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: April 10 2009
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