Words of Encouragement: How Much Are You Worth?

Usually we are reminded of our worth in God’s eyes by the great price Jesus—His only Son—paid when He sacrificed His life at the cross. We know Christ endured separation from the Father as a result of becoming sin in order that we might become the righteousness of God through Him. But in addition to the cross, scripture tells us about other costs to Christ that would prove our worth to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Bible tells us that that God is One but that within the Oneness exists God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There has never been a moment in all eternity that one existed without the other. Until (and after) His incarnation, Jesus dwelt with the Father in heaven.

Yet in Philippians 2:6-7 we read, “Though He was God,  He did not think of equality with God [the Father] as something to cling to.  Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form…” And here in Philippians chapter 2, we read on to learn that Jesus willingly gave up all His divine attributes and voluntarily left heaven to come to an earth that was replete with sin.

Ask yourself, would you be willing to make such a sacrifice? Christ not only died for us (which is enough in itself) but He left His perfect home with the Father, shed His privileges as God, took on the frailties of humanity and became like one of us.

Why was Jesus willing to give up so much? First of all, His all-consuming desire was to do the will of His Father. But also, He wanted us reconciled with the Father so that we could have a home someday with Him and the Father in heaven. He sacrificed His perfect life in heaven and on earth so that we could be with Him for all eternity.

What Jesus did was much bigger than the cross alone. He left the throne room of God and all its glory to come to a sinful and depraved generation. He did it for you and for me.

How much more proof do we need of our worth to Him than that?

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