knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
(1 Peter 1:18-19 NASB)
MEDITATE AND DIGEST: PEACE – FORGOTTEN VALUE
I was stuck in a cycle of condemnation; wanting to step out to so many hurting people on vacation and then beating myself up for not being as bold as I want to be and only reaching out to a few of that great number.
I was obedient when I believed the Holy Spirit was leading me… but there were so many who needed Him. I felt overwhelmed and, honestly, alone. My husband is hostile to God and my daughter, almost a teenager, is dealing with the challenges that come with that age and fighting for her own relationship with Jesus in the wake of her brother having been tragically stolen. I can see why Jesus sent them out in twos.
As I sat struggling, I felt the comfort of the Lord gently nudging my heart and mind toward deliverance… “You’ve forgotten your value.”
The truth is, no matter what I’ve been called to do – even by God, my value is not based on my performance. Neither is yours. Our value does not fluctuate, going up on our “good” days and down when we fail to act or mess up. Because of the work of Jesus and our faith in Him, we have a constant, eternal value. Not only can it not decrease, it cannot increase. Your value, and mine, is based on the precious blood of Jesus, the most valuable commodity in the entire universe. That is what God deemed our worth and He doesn’t change His mind.
May you be encouraged today in the great love that God has for you and keep your mind steady on that truth as you faithfully walk out the calling He has for you.
All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.
(Isaiah 53:6 NLT)