Where does your value come from? If you’re like me, you fall into the trap of thinking that your value comes from:
weight and appearance
intelligence and schooling
talents and accomplishments
success in marriage and parenting
faith and spiritual discipline
This morning while I was reading Psalm 139, the Lord flooded me with truth.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
He began to speak to my heart so clearly:
Before you could think, plan, respond, or resist, I created you. I planned a life for you. I chose you for a purpose. I did not find you in a desperate moment and take pity on you; I made you. I’ve always known you, in the deepest and truest sense. I have led you and carried you often.
I have never wondered for one moment “what to do with you”. I planned from the beginning of time to create you, to love you, to empower you as my child. I have a clear purpose for your life. I want to use your hands and feet to make a difference in this lost and hurting world.
Beware, however, of thinking that your value comes from your gifts or your anointing. Someone with a less obvious anointing or dormant gifts is not less valuable. Using your gifts does not make your more valuable.
You are chosen, you are Mine. You were not chosen because of your “value”. You were created by Me. Your value comes from My breath in you. It comes from being made in My image.
You love your children because they came from you. You are bound to them. Your love does not come from their personality or performance, it comes from your attachment to them, your relationship to them. You loved them before they could ever love you back. You loved them even before you saw them.
That is how it is with you and I.