Too many of us (I’m certainly included) base our self-worth on props that often cannot handle the weight. We base our value on what we’ve accomplished, where we’ve gone, what educational achievement(s) or degree(s) we’ve attained, how many heads turn when we walk into the room, how many “likes” our social media posts get, the size of our house or vehicles (compared to others, of course), how many people call to check on us when we miss a meeting or church, and so forth.

When we think about this token list, we come to at least two realizations:
1) most of us find our value in these sorts of superficial things and
2) all of them can be stripped away (or considered meaningless by those we desire to impress) almost immediately.

Is it wrong to crave to be valued? Of course not. God made us this way. All of us want to think that our one life matters and that it matters to more than just us.

So, is there a way that you and I can get a sense of value that cannot be taken away? … that sufficiently satisfies that deep-down longing that every one of us has?

Absolutely! Just come to see yourself as God sees you! Read, study and, by faith, internalize the very words that God has said are true of you!

Just one such word from God to you is found in 1Peter 1:18-19. It tells you what price God paid so that you could be saved and brought into fellowship with Him. Talk about value!

1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)
“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

This is just one of the hundreds and hundreds of things that God has said are true of you if you have been saved. Do yourself a huge favor and look for and internalize God’s truth.

One more thing: When we see ourselves as God sees us rather than coming up with our own set of “self-esteem props”, we’ll be filled with humility and gratitude to God rather than sinful pride. That’s a good thing.