Thursday, September 25, 2008

Our Value

What is man, that you are mindful of him?
Psalm 8:4

There is not a case of one of us having value, and then God finding it out. It is God’s thinking that we have value which creates whatever value there is in us. He is going to destroy heaven and earth because, to Him, heaven and earth have no value. But “Unto you, O man, do I call.” That call of God to us creates our value. Jesus dying for you meant that you are valuable to God.

When we mortals think God has value, it’s only because we have discovered something that was true, whether we were aware of it or not, but when God thinks we have value, that’s creating value in us. If He didn’t think it, you wouldn’t have it. God has no opinions. He thinks it; then it is. And He thinks you are of great value.

Never a Choice

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God,
and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God because God is love.
By this was the love of God made manifest among us,
that God sent His only-begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through him.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us
and sent His Son as the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God loved us like this, we also should love one another. . . .
And we have known and have trusted the love that God has for us.
God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him
1John 4:7-11, 16b

One choice you will never have to make is the choice between loving people and doing the will of God. They are always the same thing. You cannot choose one over the other.