Updated: Jun 9
How do we determine the value of a person? Is it by status? Race? Wealth? Beauty? If they make it to the cover of a magazine (like my daughter Savannah did) does that make them more valuable? How we look at people is radically different from how God looks at people. He sees the heart.
Once upon a time, a few heartbeats ago, when my husband was a pastor, we were invited by people in our church to a meeting in another community. We were introduced to a couple who obviously were not in the least bit interested in us. They barely glanced at us as we said hello. They were then informed my husband was the new pastor at our friends' church. The transformation was dramatic. The people smiled and gushed hello as they grabbed our hands to welcome us.
Suddenly we had value in their eyes. We hadn't changed. Apparently we suddenly seemed valuable in their eyes because of their new perceptions of our "status". We suddenly became worth their attention. So shallow. So sad.
I am so thankful for that object lesson. I believe every person is valuable and worthy of respect and honour no matter who they are. The child growing up in squaller is just as much a beloved treasure to God as the rich man driving by in his Mercedes. One day we will all stand before God. All the playing fields will be level. Kings will stand with paupers.
God's love and grace and mercy extends to all people. Every person is valuable to Him. You are more loved than you could possibly imagine. "For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3: 16-17) He gave His life for you because of your worth to Him. No matter who you are--no matter if you are an unborn child, disabled, or an elderly person-- and every variation along the way--you carry the image of God and are infinitely precious.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving devotion." (Jeremiah 31:3) Please remember that. You are precious and greatly loved by God. Blessings, Beloved.