Something I have been pondering, chewing on and slowly digesting lately is value – my value, your value.
Balance. It is a necessary life skill in nearly all circumstances, yet the hardest to maintain. I will try to keep balance as I share these truths with you as God is helping me balance them in my own mind.
Know something, “you are valuable.” Yes, you! Say it to yourself. “I am valuable.”
You have been created in the image and likeness of God. You have been given gifts, talents, desires, abilities and (insert any synonym here) that God has given you for His glory, the good of others and for your joy!
The word, in Ephesians 2:10 speaks to this and says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
He has a plan and He made you for it! You were specifically designed to accomplish things within the body of Christ to make it function well. Use yourself, what you have been given, to glorify your Father, to bless others and it will give you joy!
I know I do not possess all of the qualities necessary for ministry but together we do!
Oh yeah, balance. “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:3
We should remain humble in the exercising of our gifts. They are, in fact, a gift from the Father to us, from His great grace, all for the purpose of His name’s sake, propelling the gospel and for the good of others.
Even in your humility, know your value. The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 12 is speaking of the body of Christ and our spiritual gifts. You should read it. ;) How important its members are, how they need one another, how the entire body suffers when something is missing, etc.
It’s easy for us to think of ourselves as “replaceable” or to see others that way. I think you are just the opposite. I think you are irreplaceable. One part of the body cannot say to another part I don’t need you. Yes, you could get someone else to do what needs done, and it will get done, but will there be passion? Will there be purpose? Will it be as functional, beautiful, glorifying and joyful as it would be if the person created to do the thing was the one doing it?
I think not.
I just want you to know I value all of you. My fellow staff, members, attenders, visitors, elders, deacons, volunteers or shall I say our Peters, Pauls, Timothys, Barnabases, Lukes, Matthews, Marys, Marthas and Lydias.
More importantly, you are valued by God.