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You are Valuable
  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows (Luke 12:6,7).

Human beings value things. People admire and invest their lives in building great structures. Men race to acquire money, gold and silver, jewels, fame, prestige and success. These are the things that are considered to be valuable in this life. But in God’s eyes there is only one thing that He values and that is people - you!
      You are the object of His heart’s desire. You are the apple of His eye. He created you in His image. You are the reason this planet exists. You did not evolve out of slime at random. You were planned and you were designed on the drawing board of God’s love.
      You are valuable.
      All the wealth of this world, all the treasures of the centuries have no meaning or worth to God - only you. You are the treasure, the great wealth He is seeking for.
      You are valuable.
      Jesus tells a parable of a man seeking pearls. (Matthew 13:45, 46) He finds a pearl of great value and sells everything he owns to acquire it. You are that pearl. Jesus died to purchase your entrance into heaven, to take away the stains of sin that mar the jewel that is you, the flaws that separate you from fellowship with your Creator. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for you, you can enter God’s Presence as royalty - a polished, priceless pearl.
      In God’s eyes, it doesn’t matter what you have done, who you are, how low or high your estate is in the world’s eyes. He loves you. He wants to give you His kingdom. He wants you to abide in His loving presence forever. He wants you to become His child. He wants to give you eternal life with Him. You are His gold, His great delight.
      You are valuable.
      Nothing means more to Him than you. The beggarly elements of pride, self-will and sin continually seek to rob you of your inheritance with God. Let them go. Drop them as worthless rocks, abandon them as dung. Run into the arms of the One who treasures you. His love will never let you go.
      For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
      If we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:9
      The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. – Romans 10:8, 9

You are valuable to Me, saith the Lord,
The same way that a newborn child is
Valued and cherished by a loving parent.
You have done nothing to earn this affection
As you lie helpless and wailing before Me,
Crying for your own need, unable to respond to Me at this moment
With the love I desire.
You are like a child - My child,
Cherished and valuable.
I gave My life for thee, My little one.
Now you live.
I have birthed you in pain and sacrifice
To make you My own
By your faith in what I have done for you on Calvary.
My little one,
Now open your newborn eyes and see how
You are to Me.

Treasured one, say this salvation prayer and enter into the joy of the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus, It is hard for me to understand the depth of your love for me. I will accept it by faith. I believe that you died for me on the cross to cleanse me of my sins. I believe that you rose from the dead so that I could have eternal life. I ask you now to forgive me of all my sins. I invite you into my heart to be the Lord of my life. I want to be Your child. Amen.

The Lord desires to walk with you on a daily basis. His presence is a tangible reality to all those who know Him. Seek out a Bible believing church. Fellowship with other Christians is important. Read the Bible daily. The Gospel of John is a good place to begin. Desire to grow in your relationship with Him. Never forget that you are loved, you are special. Yes, you are valuable!
Blessings to you!

Art copyright 2006 by J.L. Shively, text copyright 1984 by H.D. Shively - Video version - Valuable

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