I have come across so many people and even myself who have doubted their worth.
I may sound like a broken record here in stating how God loves you and that Christ thought you worthy enough to die for but let’s be honest, sometimes things take a bit to sink in. Especially when we have the world often telling us something different.
Far too often we let others determine our selfworth instead of what our creator says. Hear what society says we should be like and feeling like we never measure up and not taking the time to read what the God of the universe says.
“Praise the LORD your God, who delights in you…” 2 Chronicles 9:8 NLT
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 NLT
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
“We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4 NLT
For those of you that have felt beat down, unloved, and unwanted I would like to share a story with you. Perhaps you’ve heard it before, but it is very powerful. My husband sent it to our church staff one day and it is such a beautiful reminder of how society is fickle and we can’t look at things as they do, but as Christ does.
‘Twas battered and scarrred and the auctioneer thought it hardly worth his while to waste his time on the old violin, but he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bid, good people?” He cried. “Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar! Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars, once. Three dollars twice. Going for three.”
But, no, from the room far back a gray bearded man came forward and picked up the bow. Then wiping the dust from the old violin and tightening up the strings he played a melody, pure and sweet.
As sweet as the angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer with a voice that was quiet and low said, “What now am I bid for this old violin?” As he held it aloft with its bow.
“One thousand, one thousand. Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice, going and gone!” Said he.
The audience cheered. But some of them cried.
“We just don’t understand.”
“What changed its worth?”
Swift came the reply.
“The touch of the master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune. All battered and bruised with hardship is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd.
Much like that old violin.
A mess pottage, a glass of wine, a game and he travels on. He is going once, going twice, he is going and almost gone. But the Master comes and the foolish crowd never can quite understand, THE WORTH OF A SOUL and the change this wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.
Can I get an amen for that? I mean, WOW! This is such an amazing story to me. I love the wording within it.
The thoughtless crowd – how many people have lessened your worth with their thoughtless words or actions?
The best line though: The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought by the touch of the Master’s hand.
What’s the worth of your soul? Christ says it is worth so much that He paid for it with His blood, sweat, and tears and then His life. He did that because He found you valuable. He found you worthy. He did that because of His great love for you!
And when you accept that love, His touch upon your life transforms you. It takes all the dirt and grime that was on your heart and life and, just like the violin in the story, turns you into His beautiful masterpiece!
A masterpiece that doesn’t care what the world says about them, but only what God says about them and more so, what Christ did for you.
God loves you and He is waiting with open arms to gently wash off the dirt and wipe you clean.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT