Jesus once said, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
Today I read something which really touched my heart and drove home the fact that God values us. The life lesson was based on Luke 15:1-32. The Pharisees complained that Jesus was receiving sinners and eating with them so Jesus told them the parables about the lost sheep, coin and son. He told these parables to show that God loves and values all people and wants everyone, especially sinners to come to Him. Jesus’ footprints always led to the sinners, the outcasts, the hurt, lonely, troubled, lost unlike the Pharisees whose footprints moved away from people they considered to be undeserving of their compassion. They believed that being ceremonially clean made them righteous in God’s eyes but God’s righteousness has to do more with love and mercy.
Max Lucado wrote, “God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors, and blemishes. But He also sees our value. What did Jesus know that enabled Him to do what He did? Here’s part of the answer. He knew the value of people. He knew that each human being is a treasure. And because He did, people were not a source of stress, but a source of joy. God offers salvation to everyone. If you find yourself judging others, remember God values them. Think of what you can do to show God’s love to the unlovely.”
Can you imagine? God looks at you and sees someone of great value. You are precious in His eyes. He sees beyond your condition or circumstance. He sees hope. He sees potential. And remember He sees the same in others too so be careful not to look down on people because they are different.