What comes to mind when you hear the word value? Is it deserving? Is it worth? Is it usefulness? Is it benefit? Is it gain? Is it profit? Is it good? Is it helpful or helpfulness? Is it importance? Is it significance? Is it principles? Is it ethics? Is it morals? Is it standards?
How do you view your value? Is it based on worldly definitions? Is it based on God’s perspective? Do you have value to the world? Do you have value to God? Do you realize the reality and answer?
Are you a christian? As christians, we need to take hold of the fact that we are now “in Christ Jesus”! The value that we have because of this is incredible! Not because of who we are but because we are now “in Christ Jesus”!
Let’s consider these verses and how they speak into this truth!
We are new creations!
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! –from 2 Corinthians 5
We are sons and daughters of God!
26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. –from Galatians 3
We are chosen by God!
4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will- 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. –from Ephesians 1
We have the grace of God!
9He has saved us and called us to a holy life-not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. –from 2 Timothy 1
We have God’s love – never ending love – everlasting – unfailing!
38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD. –from Romans 8
We get to walk in the value of being redeemed and forgiven!
7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment-to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. –from Ephesians 1
Thanks to Jesus in Him, we have been justified and are righteous!
2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. –from 2 Corinthians 5
Thanks to Jesus and our decision to receive Him as our Lord and Savior, all God’s promises are now Yes – consider the value!
20For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. — from 2 Corinthians 1
Consider the value of knowing that every need will be satisfied!
19And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. — from Philippians 4
Consider the value of being able to live in peace and be peacemakers!
7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –from Philippians 4
Consider the value of knowing you have all of eternity to spend with God! Not just out there somewhere but rather from now until forever!
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inChrist Jesus our Lord. –from Romans 6
So being in Christ, what attitude should we and are we showing to the world around us? What value is the world able to see in and through us because we shine the light of Jesus? Let’s make a difference today! Let’s not conform to the ways of the world, but rather let’s be transformed by God so that we are able to transform the world through Christ Jesus living in and through our lives!
Today’s devotional gives a great example for us to take hold of as being “in Christ Jesus”!
Write your name on a piece of paper. Take hold of your Bible to represent Christ. Place the paper in the book and close it. You are in Christ. Where the book goes you go. Where the paper goes he goes. You are not part of the book, but you are now identified totally with the book.
–from Day 265: Bible In One Year 2017
So by being in Christ Jesus, we have value! The value of all God’s blessings from the Old and from the New Testaments thanks to what Jesus has already paid and done for us!
So do you realize the value you have? Is your attitude demonstrating it to the world around you? Are you letting your light shine that others may see it and praise Your Father in heaven? Why not start today!
If you haven’t asked Jesus into your life yet as Your Lord and Savior, why not make today your day? Have questions? Leave me a comment as I am happy to talk with you about the decision! We could even work on finding you a bible believing, bible preaching church to help you to learn more!
YOU HAVE VALUE! What are you going to do about it? God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but would have everlasting life! Who would do that for something that is worthless! God loves you! So will you receive that love?
Understand Your Value
- The blessings of God’s love and healing … Psalm 109:21-31
- The blessings of being in Christ Jesus … Ephesians 1:1-23
Many struggle with a low self-image. The New Testament answer to this problem is to know who you are in Christ Jesus: ‘It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for’ (v.11, MSG). Understand what your identity is in Christ. While you may not have every material blessing you want (Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter), God has blessed you ‘with every spiritual blessing in Christ’ (v.3). This passage lists many of these blessings:
Grace and peace
Paul starts his greetings with ‘grace and peace’ (v.2). Later he says, ‘The riches of God’s grace… [have been] lavished on us’ (vv.7–8). Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues. You have peace with God.
Chosen, destined and adopted
‘Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world… He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children’ (vv.4–5, AMP; see also v.11).
Redeemed, forgiven and free
You are redeemed through his blood (v.7a; Isaiah 52:3,9). ‘Redeemed’ was the word used for the buying back of a slave – a captive set free for a price.
Your sins are forgiven (Ephesians 1:7b). Marghanita Laski, a well-known atheist, made an amazing confession on television. She said, ‘What I envy most about you Christians is your forgiveness.’ She added, rather sadly, ‘I have no one to forgive me.’
‘We’re a free people – free of penalties and punishment chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!’ (v.7, MSG).
In-dwelt by the Holy Spirit
‘Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit’ (v.13). The Holy Spirit has come to live within you. In the ancient world when a package was dispatched a seal was placed on it to indicate where it had come from and to whom it belonged. You have been sealed with the Holy Spirit.
Hope for the future
Your inheritance is guaranteed. You have ‘the guarantee of our inheritance [the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it’ (v.14, AMP). You have ‘the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints’ (v.18b).
Power and position
His ‘incomparably great power for us who believe’ is in you (v.19a). Power belongs to God, but he has come to live within you and to give you ‘endless energy, boundless strength!’ (v.19, MSG).
You are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (v.20). God has placed us ‘in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments’ (vv.20–21, MSG).
Authority and responsibility
In Christ, God has placed everything under you for the sake of the church ‘which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way’ (vv.22–23). At her coronation when the orb (the globe under a cross) was placed in her hand, the Queen was reminded: ‘When you see this orb set under the cross, remember that the whole world is subject to the power and empire of Christ our redeemer.’
God has given you great responsibility. His plans for the universe are now in the hands of the church, which is Jesus’ ‘body’ on earth (v.23). ‘The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church’ (vv.22–23, MSG).
–from Day 265: Bible In One Year 2017
- The blessings of the good news of Jesus … Isaiah 51:17-54:17
Isaiah writes, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news… who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”’ (52:7). God’s salvation is such good news that it makes even the smelly feet of the messenger seem beautiful! This good news is Isaiah’s message in the next chapter (52:13–53:12). It is the last and greatest of the four servant songs that reveal God’s plan of salvation. There are five stanzas, each revealing an unexpected contrast:
Apparent failure and actual success (52:13–15)
The cross shatters human expectations. Here, Isaiah foretells Jesus’ scourging and death, his ‘ruined face, disfigured past recognition’ (v.14, MSG). Yet the cross is not the end. The stanza ends in success and triumph, with an image of cleansing and forgiveness across the world; ‘he will sprinkle many nations’ (v.15).
Our view and God’s view (53:1–3)
‘Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?’ (v.1, MSG). Here we see a contrast between God’s view and the human view. Isaiah foresees that the people would reject Jesus, even though he came to save them.
Our sin and his suffering (vv.4–6)
Jesus loves you so much that he died instead of you. That is the message at the heart of this passage – indeed of the whole Bible:
‘He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
Through his bruises we get healed.
We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost.
We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way.
And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him’ (v.5–6, MSG). Wow!
The guilty and the innocent (vv.7–9)
This stanza tells of a miscarriage of justice, but one that the innocent Jesus took upon himself voluntarily to bring salvation: ‘He died without a thought for his own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people’ (v.8, MSG). It also predicts Jesus’ death with extraordinary accuracy: foreseeing his silence at his trial (v.7); that he would die with the guilty and that he would be buried with the rich (v.9).
Tragedy and triumph (vv.10–13)
What looked like defeat was in fact a victory, ‘what God had in mind all along’ (v.10, MSG). What makes Jesus’ death a triumph? First, ‘he will see his offspring’ (v.10) and ‘make many righteous’ (v.11, MSG) – the millions of transformed lives which are the fruit of his death. Second, ‘he will see the light of life’ (v.11) – Jesus rose again! Lastly, God exalted him, giving him ‘a portion among the great’ (v.12) because of all that he did for us.
As a result of what Jesus did for us, we are promised expansion and growth (54:2). You need not be afraid (v.4) because ‘your Maker is your husband’ (v.5). His love and compassion will never leave you (v.10). ‘No weapon forged against you will prevail’ (v.17).
-from Day 265: Bible In One Year 2017
Today’s Reading from God’s Word: