WE ARE DESIGNED TO LIVE
FROM VALUE TO VALUE!
HOW WE KNOW GOD VALUES US
1. HE DEMONSTRATED IT
JOHN 3:16 MSG This is how much God LOVED the world: He GAVE his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.
LUKE 15:19-24 VOICE I have forfeited any right to be treated like your son, but I’m wondering if you’d treat me as one of your hired servants? 20 So he got up and returned to his father. The father looked off in the distance and saw the young man returning. He felt compassion for his son and ran out to him, enfolded him in an embrace, and kissed him. 21 The son said, “Father, I have done a terrible wrong in God’s sight and in your sight too. I have forfeited any right to be treated as your son.” 22 But the father turned to his servants and said, “Quick! Bring the best robe we have and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. 23 Go get the fattest calf and butcher it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate 24 because my son was dead and is alive again. He was lost and has been found.”
2. HE TELLS US IN HIS WORD
EPHESIANS 2:10 NLT 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.
PSALMS 139:14 NIV I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
PSALMS 139:17-18 NIV How precious to me are your thoughts God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
JEREMIAH 29:11 NIV “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
ISAIAH 43:2-4 MSG “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.”
WE ARE DESIGNED TO LIVE OUR LIVES FROM VALUE, NOT FOR VALUE
1 JOHN 2:2 VOICE It was through His sacrificial death that our sins were atoned. But He did not stop there, He died for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD.
YOU ARE VALUABLE SO YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A VOICE
EPHESIANS 6:16-18 MSG You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
MATTHEW 6:14 MSG In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do.