In your opinion, what is life about? Slow down and think about it. Then think about whether your actions line up with how you answered this question.
What if I suggested life should be about helping people value themselves? Might you agree? This is certainly modeled for us by Jesus. That’s an understatement!
We especially celebrate Jesus’ birth because He is valuable and eternally priceless because of Who He is.
Jesus Christ’s sacrificial actions to accomplish the greatest of all miracles, our salvation, should settle any debate on whether we have value. Of course we do! He revealed our inestimable value to us as individuals by entering the world as one of us. Through His sacrificial actions to accomplish the greatest of all miracles, know that who we are in Him is beautiful.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” ~John 3:16-17 (ESV)
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” ~John 14:6 (ESV)
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” ~Acts 4:12 (ESV)
Every person born should be celebrated. We are each created in God’s image on purpose with purpose. He chose to create us. He didn’t have to, but He wanted to. That gives us value. It is our value.
God was intentional when knitting each of us together in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) We learn from Ephesians 2:10 that part of that knitting includes the “good works” God wants us to use for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). I love how Randy Thomas, my friend and our Online Content and Social Media Manager, puts it: “How we were created to operate in this world, glorious.”
I think God delights when we discover why we are who we are so we can add value to other people’s lives. Imagine! Doing what we were created to do is about increasing other people’s value and not ours. That’s a freeing perspective.
It’s humbling to come alongside children and help them discover and believe in their value as individuals created by an intentional God. Then, it’s important to raise and teach them to care enough about others so they want to participate in God’s great plan of investing in them. That’s why we must look for and talk about their strengths so they use them. We also must not allow them to use their challenges as an excuse to not contribute to others’ wellbeing.
I pray you know your value and use encounters with friends and families over the next few weeks to help them believe in theirs. Then, help them get their eyes off themselves by talking about how they were created to bless others and leave the world a better place. Jesus certainly modeled that. I’m beyond grateful.