You are God’s treasured possession
…today God has reaffirmed that you are dearly held treasure…
Deuteronomy 26:18 (MSG)
How does God feel about his people? In the Old and the New Testaments he refers to them as his treasured, or prized, possession. (Deuteronomy 7:6; James 1:18)
How does God feel about you? Sometimes it’s difficult to believe that you are his treasured possession. When you think of some of the things you have done, or things that have been done to you, it’s easy to reason that you are not worth very much at all. Our self image can take a battering when we dwell on such things, or when we compare ourselves with others whose lives seem better than ours. Yet God delights in us (Psalms 149:4). He rejoices over us and we are valued and cherished by him. How can that be?
First we have been created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) and as his image-bearers we have infinite value. We are not an accident, but have been handcrafted individually and uniquely by God:
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. (Psalms 139:13-16).
Secondly, God loves us so much that he sent his Son to reconcile us to himself. God knows everything about us: our flaws and weaknesses, all our mistakes, the people we have hurt and let down, and yet while we were sinners and God’s enemies, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8,10). That’s how special we are to him.
Knowing this should give us a healthy self-image; we no longer need to think too highly or too lowly of ourselves, or compare ourselves to anyone else. We are loved by God for who we are. It also gives us a right perspective on other people whom God created and Christ died for (2 Corinthians 5:16); we now recognise their value and worth and love and esteem them as God does.
What a difference that makes to how we live our lives.
Father, help me to see that I and all humanity are your prized possessions, treasured and loved by you. May this understanding guide the way I live. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Study by Barry Robinson
About the writer:
Barry Robinson is a Minister in Grace Communion International and is Regional Pastor for Southern England.
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