On one of our family vacations this summer we went to a fishing town in Alaska. It was a rainy day and I was out walking our dog. She was a brand new edition to our family of four. She’s was a super adorable labradoodle puppy and at the time was only 4 months old. As I was walking, I passed a gentleman who at first glance looked tattered and worn, (in fact he may have been homeless), says to me, “That’s a very nice looking dog you have there, she’s a little raggedy, but a nice looking dog.” Don’t you love when people give you a roundabout compliment? The comment struck me as funny because of the same raggedy appearance the man had himself!?!?!
I’ll admit, her wet fur did make her appear ‘a little raggedy,’ BUT if the man even knew how much value she added to our family and the price we paid for her, he would not have described her as raggedy!
But that’s just it. This story describes many of us. You may be tattered, worn and a little raggedy, but do you know how valuable you are? Or do you know the price that was paid for you? How much more valuable is something when you know the value of it?
It doesn’t matter how torn, tattered or ragged you are, your worth and value is not determined by external appearances. Our value and worth are not measured by what color hair or eyes we have, not how tall we are, or even how much we weigh. Our worth is determined by the blood of Jesus who paid the price for us. What do you see when you look in the mirror? Someone who has more value and worth than all the rubies and diamonds in the world or …….? Truth is there is no amount of money that can pay the price for your life because it is priceless and beyond valuable. This world can never pay a high enough price for the worth of your life.Your life, your value, your worth, is priceless in the eyes of God. Click To Tweet
You don’t have to find your value in the acceptance and approval in what the world says about you (Rom. 12:2). The world constantly changes its definition of what makes you valuable and worthy. There will never be an end to keeping up with what they say makes you worthy. The good news is God loves you just the way you are and would never have sent Jesus if he didn’t think you were worth it. God sent Jesus for everyone.
You don’t have to try to fit into a mold of who the world says you should be. God wants you to be who you are, how he created you to be, not try to be something your not.
“For it is by grace you have been saved through faith- and not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works so that no one can boast.”
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