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AM I REALLY WORTH IT?

Short answer: Totally!

In 2002, someone paid $115,000 for a lock of Elvis Presley’s hair. In 1999, someone paid $1.3 million for a dress owned by Marilyn Monroe. In 2009, someone paid $12.2 million for a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.

Something is worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

We could put our house up for sale for $27 million. We could put a picture on the internet and say our house is worth $27 million. But unless someone is willing to pay $27 million for it, it’s not worth $27 million.

God paid the ultimate price for us. “You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood…” (1 Corinthians 6:20). Our value is proven by the high price God paid for us. God’s not stupid or wasteful. He paid the price for us because we are worth it.

We never have to wonder if we matter. We matter to God. We’re valuable and treasured by God. We’re not pathetic, useless, or worthless. We are purposefully crafted by God and given abilities, talents, and gifts that make the world better and bring glory to God. Our worth to God isn’t a monetary amount—it’s much more valuable than just money. We were worth Jesus dying to save us. That’s the ultimate price—and that price was paid for you and me. We are absolutely, unquestionably valuable.

Let these words from Romans 8:14 sink deeply into our hearts and minds:

And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. You have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God.

Our actions don’t make us good enough. Our value doesn’t come from what we do; it comes from who we are. And who we are is a child of the King. That’s enough. Our relationship with God means we are always worth it. We have intrinsic value because of our identity in God.

If there’s a voice or script in our minds that causes us to feel worthless or without value, that voice isn’t coming from God. It must be replaced with affirmation of our worth to God. He made us worthy when he sent Jesus to the cross, when he put our sins and punishment on him, and when he placed the righteousness of Jesus on us.

We’re worth it. Because of Jesus, we’re so worth it.

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you for your love for me. I know I am valuable to you because of the price you paid for me. Give me confidence in my value to you. Guard my thoughts and my mind. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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But God Says You Are Wise

“I’m so stupid.” “I can’t do anything right.”

Have you ever heard those words whirl in your mind or come out of your mouth? If you are a child of God, those words are untrue.

James 1:5 says, “And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures, but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace.”

This is a remarkable promise. The conditions are few and simple: We must want to be wise and we must ask God for wisdom. That’s it. How many things in life are that easy? How many things can be received merely by wanting and asking? We can want and ask for a million dollars, but it won’t get us very far. Wisdom is worth far more to us than a million dollars, and it’s ours just for the asking. Wow!

The rest of this verse explains how God looks at what we think of as our foolish, stupid failures. We may imagine God is terribly disappointed in our lack of wisdom or angry about our failures. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we come to God with our failures and our need for his wisdom, he doesn’t see an opportunity to scold us and make us feel bad. He’s such a good God that he overwhelms our failures with grace.

It’s dangerous to listen to the voices in our head that call us stupid and foolish when we can listen to the voice of God that tells us we are wise.

 It’s also dangerous to think we know it all and don’t need any wisdom from God. Our wisdom will always come up short. The wisdom we receive from God will always bring good results.

James 3:13-18 gives us a picture of the differences between worldly, human “wisdom,” and spiritual wisdom from God. Worldly wisdom results in jealousy, boasting, phoniness, selfishness, and is actually called, “devilish.” Some versions of the Bible call it, “earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.”

In stark contrast, wisdom from above is, “pure, peaceful, considerate, and teachable.” It never displays prejudice or hypocrisy. Godly wisdom produces a fruitful and righteous harvest.

We are not who our parents, our friends, or our own opinion tells us we are. We are who God says we are. And God says we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). We aren’t foolish. We aren’t stupid. We are filled with wisdom from a never-ending source. All we have to do is ask.

Dear God, I want spiritual wisdom. My human wisdom is lame and limited. Your wisdom is from above and brings blessings and fruitfulness. I ask for your wisdom today, and I receive it in the name of Jesus. Amen.