Scripture of the Week
4:13-19 The Passion Translation
12–13 I know what it means to lack,[a] and I know what it means to
experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming
all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of
Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.[b]
14 You’ve so graciously provided for my essential needs during this
season of difficulty. 15 For I want you to know that the Philippian
church was the only church that supported me in the beginning as I went out to
preach the gospel. You were the only church that sowed into me financially,[c] 16 and when I was in Thessalonica,
you supported me for well over a year.[d]
17 I mention this not because I’m requesting a gift, but so that the
fruit of your generosity may bring you an abundant reward. 18 I now have all
I need—more than enough—I’m abundantly satisfied! For I’ve received the gift
you sent by Epaphroditus and viewed it as a sweet sacrifice, perfumed with the
fragrance of your faithfulness, which is so pleasing to God!
19 I am convinced that my God will fully satisfy every need you
have, for I have seen the abundant riches of glory revealed
to me through the Anointed One, Jesus Christ!
My true value in the sight of God BY PATRICK OBEN
Our true value comes from the fact that we are wonderfully made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26,27; Psalm 139:14) and possess a soul which has greater value than all the world's riches (Matthew 16:26).
You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. (1 Cor. 7:23 NAS)
You might not know how precious and valuable you are until you ask the Lord! Your true value is seen in what God is willing to do to save you. You see your value through the eyes of the Lord. If you can catch this revelation then you will be free forever from worrying about what people think about you. The worse thing we can ever do is to allow another person, including ourselves, to tell us who we are.
The scripture above shows your true value in God’s eyes. You are worth the very blood of the Son of God. His blood signifies His suffering and death, laying down His life for you to have life. This is not being self-conceited or prideful. My value is in what He sees in me. You are a son or a daughter of God. That is your identity.
God will die for you. Indeed, He already did. Let this keep your head always high in the Lord, irrespective of what circumstances or people around you think. In fact, your greatest critic might even be yourself. As you see yourself in God’s eyes, you rise above present circumstances to become what He made you to be.
MEDITATE-I am valuable
Ponder upon the verse above. Can you see yourself as truly worth the blood of Christ? We are not talking about $1 trillion dollars here. The earth, your family, friends or even your bank might have told you what you are worth. Hear Jesus telling you today what you are truly worth-His very blood.
There is no greater prayer at this juncture than to thank the Lord for His willingness to lay down His very life for you to be saved.
What will you do with the verse above? Would you still get angry because someone spoke something evil about you? Would you get depressed because that individual rejected you or did not treat you fairly? I stopped worrying about these things a while ago when I discovered my value is in His unwavering love for me. You are of much value to God than you probably realize. You need only believe and act like it!