The other day, I came across a post on Instagram that made me think. It was a simple picture, with a white background and sentence that read, “I just want someone to look at me and just think, ‘she’s worth everything.’” Now, I realize that some girl, out there in the world, probably made this post hoping to find “Mr. Right”. However, as I thought it over, this Instagram post goes much deeper than what is presented on its surface.
Let’s go back to the beginning of time, when Adam and Eve were given dominion in the garden of Eden. After they both sinned, they were condemned to death. Romans 6: 23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” This means that because they broke God’s law, they had to suffer the penalty for sin, which is death.
We must understand that, the God we serve is loving and merciful! He didn’t want His creation to die. He loved Adam and Eve with everything in Him. God knew that He had to do something to save His children. In the very moment that Adam and Eve sinned, God made a plan of restoration. God, in His perfect wisdom, decided to give everything that He had, so that He could eventually be reunited with His creation AND spend eternity with them.
Isn’t God good?
Now, when I say He gave everything He had, what does that mean? John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The word “begotten” here is from the Greek language. It is translated as, “one and only” or “the only of its kind.” God, the Father, had just one Son. According to this verse, Jesus is the only One that is like His Father.
Over two thousand years ago, Mr. Right did come to this world, in the form of a man named Jesus! When the Son of God died on the cross, He paid the penalty for sin. God offers this special gift of spending eternity with Him. Isn’t that beautiful? Sometimes, when I ponder upon the love God has for me, I become awestruck. We are so unworthy…
I would like to share this powerful quote with you, “That this redemption might be ours, God withheld not even the sacrifice of Himself. He gave Himself in His Son. The Father suffered with Christ in all His humiliation and agony. He suffered as He saw the Son of His love despised and rejected by those whom He came to elevate, ennoble, and save. He saw Him hanging upon the cross, mocked and jeered by the passers-by, and He hid as it were His face from Him. He saw Christ bearing the sin of the world, and dying in the sinner's stead. The human heart knows the love of a parent for his child. We know what a mother's love will do and suffer for her beloved one. But never can the heart of man fathom the depths of God's self-sacrifice.” (How God’s Love is Manifested, Part 1).
To sum things up, God knows the end from the beginning. When He saw the first sin that humanity committed, He looked down the corridor of the ages and saw that His children were in urgent need of a Savior. He looked at us, and said, “My children are worth everything.” When you realize your worth in the eyes of God, your life will be changed forever!