Thursday, April 13, 2017

the most valuable values us

Our value is reflected by the value of the one who values us i.e. the value of the one who values us, says something about our value. 

For example, our being valued by our pet that is totally dependent on us is completely different (and far less significant) than being highly regarded (valued) by an extremely important, successful, well know and highly sought after leader of a high profile organization who needs nothing at all from us (the more influential this leader is, the more significant their regard for us becomes).

To say it another way, if the one who values us is of the highest value, doesn't that say something very significant about our value? I would suggest, the more important or significant the one is who values us, the more significant our value must be.  

What if the one who values us is the most valuable being in the universe? A being that all other things and beings are totally dependent on for their very existence and sustenance. And not only does this one all powerful and all sufficient being value us, but they value us to such an extent they actually gave up something they valued most that we might have a relationship with them and share in all they are (as the most valuable and glorious being of all) and have.

The more it costs us to engage or participate in something, the more we value it. i.e. you are only willing to pay a high price for something when you place a high value on it and actually pay a high price for it. We simply would not be willing to give or sacrifice much for something we valued little. 

If the value of something is determined by the price paid for it, how valuable we must be in the eyes of God. 

31  "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son (i.e. that which is most valuable to the Father) but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" Rom 8

Joh 3:16  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped (clung to), but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."  Php 2:5-8

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich."  2Co 8:9  

For a further discussion of our value click here and here.  

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