As I am studying and preparing for the youth ministry series in January, I am reminded of how often we feel unvalued. Teens fight every day for a piece of affirmation. As adults, we seek similar if not the same types of affirmation. We want to do a good job, make our parents/bosses happy, feel as though we accomplished something for the day, or maybe just to hear and feel the truth that we are loved.
Do you know that God holds you as his prized possession?
Maybe you find that hard to believe. You may think that because of what you’ve done or what’s been done to you that you are not special, that you are not worth much. You may have a negative self-image and you may compare yourself with others and believe they are so much better than you.
Here is the truth… you are so much more than what you think you are. How do I know that? My Bible tells me that being prized by God means that I am treasured, valued, cherished and much loved by him.
At the moment I’m studying about issues students face and the biblical response to such issues for our series #DeathtoSelfie. I am learning and being reminded about being God’s prized possession. In James 1:18 it says “He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.” (NLT)
How can this be? It reminds me of a pottery piece I made for my mother when I was in fourth grade. It didn’t look that amazing but for my mother it was everything. It sat on her night stand for several years until she passed away. My sister gave me the clay bunny because she thought I would still want it. I have it to this day. She cherished it and now I get to have it on my shelf and cherish it. Of all the things to hold on to I choose to hold on to some silly piece of clay. But for me, it is a prized possession.
Why would God choose us, out of all creation, to be His prized possession?
- He created you and I. God doesn’t make accidents. God doesn’t make junk. God was deliberate about the way he made us, choosing our character, our nature, the skills and abilities we have. No two of us are like, each one of us is unique, specifically created by God and for God.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)
In 1 Corinthians 8:6 Paul writes, “But for us, There is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.” (NLT)
- Not only does God prize us or treasures us, he also showed how much he values us because he paid the highest price imaginable for you and for me. The cost was huge but God believed you and I were worth the cost. What was the price he paid? He gave his son, Jesus, so that you and I could be his prized possession.
Paul’s letter to those in Corinth, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
God sees us just as we are. He sees the image we give to the world and he knows us from the inside. He knows our flaws, our weaknesses, our strengths and our potential. Knowing all these things, God still calls you and me his prized possession. Is there someone on this planet that we can say the same thing about?
We don’t live on this playground called Earth as if we belong to anybody, whether they are a friend, parent or even a spouse. If we do we open ourselves up to being bullied, teased, humiliated, mistreated, misused and abused. We shouldn’t spend our life trying to win the approval or acceptance of others. Not when the creator of the Universe wants you and I so deeply!
We are God’s prized possession and therefore we can trust him completely. He cares for us, protects us, watches over us and wants the best for us. He wants us to become the person he created us to be. He has our best interests at heart.
If we would accept the truth of being God’s prized possession then…
It would give us a right perspective of ourselves. There would be no need to compare ourselves with others, to think less or more of ourselves than we should. By changing the way we think of ourselves we begin to change the way we behave. We will begin to desire to bring glory to God in everything that we do, to choose to do the things which are honorable, good and right rather than misusing our bodies and doing things that displease God.
The Message paraphrase of Galatians 5:4-5 says this “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”
Not only do we have a right perspective of ourselves but the reality that we are God’s prized possession changes how we interact with others. Rather than being judgmental, critical, playing favorites, bullying others, we see them as God sees them. We recognize their worth and value and we accept them as they are. We will love and respect them as God does.
Ask God to show you how you are His prized possession. I am convinced that will change the way you see your efforts, your relationships, and your purpose.