Know Your Worth
By Andrea Chatelain
“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ ...” 1 Peter 1:18-19
What would you give to spare the life of a loved one? I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t sacrifice for mine, especially my children. It’s easy to assign great worth to those we love. Yet, so often we short change our value and forget our worth in Christ.
I often size myself up to others, doubting I’m good enough, working hard enough, or faithful enough. Those thoughts leave me feeling empty and unloved. So I keep working harder, erroneously thinking God will love me more if I perform better. When I act like this, I’m trying to earn God’s love that’s already been given fully through Christ.
Jews in Jesus’ time struggled with this striving mentality, too. The religious leaders had created many tedious rules for people to follow in order to live a holy and God-pleasing life. But Jesus came to erase this tradition of tallying up the good and bad. He bought our Salvation once and for all when He paid for our sins with His life. His perfect life for our sinful one. That’s how much our God loves us.
You were bought at a high price. Your Heavenly Father adopted you as His child, and Christ was willing to take the punishment your sin deserved so you wouldn’t have to. How does it make you feel to know He counted you worthy of that kind of sacrifice? Live in the security of that deep love today.
Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She's part of the Wholly Loved Ministries team, is a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. It’s her joy to lead Bible studies in her neighborhood, church, and community because she believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers. Connect with Andrea more online at www.afruitfulwoman.com.
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Originally published Wednesday, 03 April 2019.