Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | April 4, 2017

What’s It Worth?

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:10 (NLT)

Do you have a favorite book? I have a book that I treasure—The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It isn’t worth much to a collector, but it holds great value for me. It was the first real story to draw me into its world, causing my imagination to expand and my love of reading to begin. I value this book, not for its worth to others but because of its worth to me, the owner.

As believers in Christ, we are called to take delight in honoring others, to hold others in high respect. How can we hold others in high respect when we don’t see much in them that is deserving of respect? How can we honor someone who seems particularly difficult to honor? Humans hold inherent worth, not because of their worth to us or anyone else, but because of their worth to God, their Creator.

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 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 2:8-10 (NLT)

People are worth the sacrifice of God’s only Son. We, who have been made new in Christ, are called His masterpieces. How humbling it is to think that God values us this way! We can truly enjoy honoring others when we see them, not in their broken state, but covered in the inherent worth God places on each one of us. God loves us extravagantly so let’s share that love with others.

So when we struggle to respect someone because of the way they act or talk, let’s view them as the subject of God’s love and inherent worth. Let’s see others through the eyes of God. We are His. We are valued beyond measure.

“Thank You, God, for the inherent worth You place on me through the sacrifice of Your Son. As I revel in the knowledge that I am Your masterpiece, may I see others as Your masterpiece.”

 

For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (http://staletoast.com)
TRBC Women’s Life

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