A friend sent me an interesting article that I would like to share with you, at least some of the big ideas. It was written by Derek Prince who after preaching for years died a decade ago.
The big idea of the article was about the value of humans. He wrote that you and I have extreme value that was given to us by God. This is a truth that I have shared, preached about and believed for years, yet it is also one of the most difficult things to buy into without a proper view of who God is and how much God loves us.
God loves us and values us because He created us!
Genesis 1:26 NASB
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God created us in His own image, and the awesome thing is that God cannot deny or will not deny Himself. He valued us so much that after creating us and knowing that sin had to be dealt with, He willingly gave His son for our redemption. He gave Jesus to purchase or to buy us.
We were created in the image of God, yet the greatest tragedy is that sin entered humanity. We are still dealing with the problems of sin now. It is true that Jesus died for our sins and God has forgiven us of our sins, but far too often we let our past and our mistakes determine our future and our value. That could not be further from the truth.
God didn’t give up on the people He created. Jesus was the price He paid, and in a story Jesus told we see an example of the price God was willing to pay to buy up back. We are and will always be valuable to God. Here is the story Jesus told:
Matthew 13:45-46 NLT
Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!
Prince said that Jesus is represented in the merchant. This man knew what He wanted and knew the value of things. The pearl represents humans like you and me. It is like someone in our day that sold all he had --- car, house, possession, investments --- everything to buy what he knew had extreme value. The merchant was willing to do anything to purchase that pearl.
God was and is willing to do anything to have us back. When we realize our value, the value that God gives us, we will begin to live differently. Our past won’t determine our future or hold us back. Our failure won’t cancel our success. Our negative issues won’t be able to overpower our minds and hearts because we have believed what God said about us.
God determined our value, and it will never change. You are valuable!
Galatians 2:20 NLT
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.