Lonely. Worthless. Ineffective. Unappreciated. Alone. Lost.
Have those words ever been spoken by you, either in the secret places of your mind or verbally, to describe how you felt? Have you been labeled or defined with those words by tactless, heartless people around you?
No doubt at some point in each of our lives, the feeling of worthlessness and emptiness has crept in and shrouded our emotions with cold darkness. Perhaps you or someone you know are traveling under that cloud right now.
I want you to prepare to shake off the dust of depression right now, because youâ€™re about to understand the value of who you really are.
First of all, you need to know that your worth is not determined by your monetary value or physical assets. It is comprised of something far greater, and more permanentâ€¦ it is the value of your soul.
There are two things that determine value in life; Who owns the item, and what someone is willing to pay for it.
Stick your used tennis shoes out in a yard sale, and they might bring about fifty cents, but if the were shoes worn by Michael Jordan, the would be worth considerably more! Perhaps thousands of dollars. My vehicleâ€™s blue book value is probably around $10,000. But a car driven by Elvis Presley was auctioned off for $1.2 Million dollars. The simple fact is that the owner adds value to an item that is normally considered common.
Who Owns You?
1 John 4:4 says, â€œYe are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.â€ Do you realize that there is an owner of your soul who places tremendous value on your life? When you were filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized into that wonderful name of Jesus, a transfer in ownership occurred. You no longer belong to Satan, but you are of God! You are Priceless! You are valuable!
In Acts 10:15, the Lord told Peter, â€œWhat God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.â€ Do not speak of yourself as worthlessâ€¦ do not call yourself common. You are cleansed of God! You are valuable to Him!
The second thing that determines value is how much someone is willing to pay for it. You may have paid $100,000 for your home, but itâ€™s truly only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it when you sell. If someone is only willing to pay $90,000 for it, then thatâ€™s all itâ€™s worth to them. Auction houses around the world attempt to capitalize on the value people are willing to place on their items. A piece of art may be worth $100 to one person, and $1 million to another.
How much was paid?
So, how much was paid for you? 1 Corinthians 7:23 tells us that we are â€œbought with a priceâ€. The greatest price ever paid was when Jesus Christ laid down his life for your sins. You are valuable enough to God that He was willing to fashion himself into a perfect sacrifice and die for you. God says you are valuable! Jesus did not die for worthlessnessâ€¦ he did not die for junk. He died for you because you are valuable to Him.
Isaiah 43:4 says, â€œSince thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:â€ You are precious to Him, honorable to Him. Valuable to Him.
God says you are valuable.