The world typically values people based on their outward beauty, personal wealth or something amazing they’ve accomplished. What if God did that? What if He only loved you if you were remarkably good looking? Only loved you if you had tons of money and were willing to give some of it to Him and His causes? Only loved you if you had first overcome astronomical odds to accomplish a great feat? What if God judged us like we judge each other? How terrible would that be?
Thankfully, God does things a little differently.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. – 1 Timothy 2:5-6, emphasis added
The key word in this Bible passage is “ransom,” which can also be translated “redeem.” In the first century, to “ransom” or “redeem” a slave meant to set them completely free. They owed nothing. You paid the price “in full” for their freedom. The simple fact that something of great value was exchanged as part of the transaction inferred that whatever was being “ransomed” or “redeemed” was extremely valuable or precious to the person paying the price.
God has paid a significant price for your freedom from sin and death. Understand, not just any price. Your freedom, your ransom, and your redemption from sin and death cost God everything. He gave His most precious gift, His most valued possession to save you!
Perspective #74: Your freedom, your ransom, and your redemption from sin and death cost God everything. He gave His most precious gift, His most valued possession to save you!
Also notice the Apostle Paul is clarifying to his protégé Timothy who this ransom was paid for when he says “who GAVE himself a RANSOM for ALL.” Jesus Christ GAVE Himself freely, paid the price FULLY, for ALL who accept His gift of Love! You, me, everyone!
Perspective #75: Jesus Christ GAVE Himself freely, paid the price FULLY, for ALL who accept His gift of love! You, me, everyone!
The Apostle Peter also talks about us being “ransomed” when he says:
And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. – 1 Peter 1:17-19, emphasis added
Read this passage slowly to get the deeper meaning. “Not with perishable things such as silver and gold (or money), but with the precious blood of Christ.” God spared no expense to redeem you from sin and death.
Perspective #76: God spared no expense to redeem you from sin and death.
And if God spared no expense to ransom you, to redeem you, what does that say about how valuable, how precious you are to God?
Perspective #77: If God spared no expense to ransom you and to redeem you, what does that say about how valuable and precious you are to God?
You must be extremely valuable, extremely special, for God to go through so much trouble to ransom you, to redeem you!
God gave His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, His most precious gift, His most valued possession, to die on the cross for your sins. Jesus took the judgment your sins deserved, the punishment you deserved for the sins you have committed. Jesus did this so nothing would stand in the way of your relationship with Him and His Father. Like I said, what does that say about God? He must think you're worth it for Him to sacrifice His Beloved Son for you. Because to save you, it cost Him everything He had. He did this because He thought you were worth it because He loves you dearly!
With your sin debt paid by Jesus Christ, you stand righteous before God, rather than as a sinner before God. God now sees you through His Son Jesus rather than seeing you as you are. He can do this because His Son led a perfect, sinless life and sacrificed Himself for you.
Also, you are holy. To be holy means you are “set apart for honorable use.” This “holiness” has two components to it. The first is positional holiness within our relationship with God. We are holy because He is holy. He has set us apart to Himself. The second is practical holiness, which must be actively pursued within our relationship with Him. God expects us to cultivate a lifestyle of holiness by honoring Him in everything we do.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:13-16
And here’s the coolest part! You have been adopted into God's family as His child:
In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. – Ephesians 1:5-6, emphasis added
Since He is the King, what does that make you? That makes you a prince or a princess. And since there is no such thing as an ugly prince or princess, you are automatically beautiful! To sum all that up, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are a valuable, precious, pure, spotless, holy, beautiful prince or princess of the most high God!
Perspective #78: If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are a valuable, precious, pure, spotless, holy, beautiful prince or princess of the most high God!
Wow! Aren't you something? Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to see yourself as God sees you. Study God’s Word, and you will find out that you are precious, created in your mother’s womb by God’s very own hand. You are not an accident; you are not a mistake. Even if someone has told you this before or said they never wanted you, be assured, God has always wanted you.
Perspective #79: You are not an accident; you are not a mistake. Even if someone has told you this before or said they never wanted you, be assured, God has always wanted you.
If this were not so, God would never have spent so much to redeem you, to ransom you. Your salvation cost Him everything that was precious to Him. He thought you were worth the expense, the sacrifice, the pain, the suffering. You are truly special, you are truly worth it, and you are loved so deeply by Him. You ARE beautiful!
Jesus did not want to live in heaven without you, which is why He “chose” to die for you so that you could spend eternity with Him!
Perspective #80: Jesus did not want to live in heaven without you, which is why He “chose” to die for you so that you could spend eternity with Him!
Hillsong, who has generated some great Christian music in this past decade, says this in a similar fashion in their song What a Beautiful Name when they sing:
You didn't want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now
You see, it’s all about your relationship with Him. That is what He wants. He is just waiting for you to want it as well. And here is why God did this:
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. – Titus 2:11-14
He wants you to be like Him and be “zealous” (enthusiastic, passionate, fervent) for good works!
You might say, “Well, I don’t feel valuable or worthwhile.” The only problem with feelings is that they sometimes lie to us. The fact is, you are valuable, you have great worth, you are gifted, you are talented, and you have a purpose on earth. God has more than proven this. Your choice will always be, do I believe my feelings, or do I believe the facts that I know about God?
A good friend of mine made a wonderful point recently when he said, “God’s love for you does not have a beginning; it never started. He has always loved you!”
Perspective #81: “God’s love for you does not have a beginning; it never started. He has always loved you!” – Brad Camp
This perspective of ourselves is essential to keep the enemy, our thoughts and are feelings from pummeling us with lies. My pastor and friend added to my insight on this just the other day when in his Sunday message, he gave me this perspective. What other people think about you is NONE of YOUR business. Focus on what God thinks about you and your relationship with Him. That is YOUR business.
Perspective #82: “What other people think about you is NONE of YOUR business. Focus on what God thinks about you and your relationship with Him. That is YOUR business.” – Pastor Ron Wood
The world is full of “naysayers,” people who have nothing better than to tell you “you can’t,” “you’re not good enough,” or “you’re stupid for believing in that Jesus character.” The key for you is deciding whom you will listen. Them or God? The question you need to ask anyone who discourages you from pursuing a relationship with God is, “How far would you go to have a relationship with me? Would you go as far as God went?”
Perspective #83: The question you need to ask anyone who discourages you from pursuing a relationship with God is, “How far would you go to have a relationship with me? Would you go as far as God went?”
Would they die for you? What if they knew all about you and your “secret” sins; would they still die for you? It would be hard to find anyone to take this deal, but God did! God didn't HAVE to do what He did, but because of your need and my need, He chose to do it.
Perspective #84: God didn’t HAVE to do what He did, but because of your need and my need, He chose to do it.
You must have enormous value to Him. You must have enormous worth to Him. Which means, even though God doesn’t need a relationship with you, He wants a relationship with you.
Perspective #85: Even though God doesn’t need a relationship with you, He wants a relationship with you.
How amazing is that? God wants this relationship with you.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. – Zephaniah 3:17, emphasis added
This says that God is going to “rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult (gloat) over you with loud singing.” If God is going to do that for you, why listen to the world? Why take your perspective, your self-worth from what they say? The question will never be, does God love you? Does God want you? Does God want a relationship with you? The question will always come down to, do you want a relationship with Him? Bottom line, the choice is always yours, so choose wisely!