Does God Really See Value in Everyone?
The question becomes more powerful when we ask: Does God see value in me?
Look at some of the people God saw the value in:
- Moses stuttered.
- David’s armour didn’t fit.
- John Mark was rejected by Paul.
- Timothy had ulcers.
- Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
- Jacob was a liar.
- David had an affair.
- Solomon was too rich.
- Abraham was too old.
- David was too young.
- Peter was afraid of death.
- Lazarus was dead.
- John was self-righteous.
- Naomi was a widow.
- Paul was a murderer.
- So was Moses.
- Jonah ran from God.
- Miriam was a gossip.
- Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
- Jeremiah was a bullfrog;
- Just kidding — he was depressed and suicidal.
- Elijah was burned out.
- Martha was a worry-wart.
- Mary may have been lazy.
- Samson had long hair.
- Noah got drunk, and that’s not all.
- Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
Have you ever noticed that God’s opinion of us matters more than what we do?
Look at God’s opinion of Sarah. Peter uses her as an example:
…like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 1 Peter 3:6 (New International Version)
Do you remember what she actually did?
Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?”Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”Genesis 18:11-16 (New International Version)
Isn’t grace amazing?
You haven’t messed up so much He can’t make it right. The mistakes you’ve made and even the sin you’ve committed can and will be redeemed. He’s not about to hold what you’ve confessed and He’s forgiven against you.
So dare to dream again. Dare to live once more.