If you sell a nice piece of jewelry without first knowing its value, you will most likely sell it cheap. And that would be a tragedy!
It is not much different when it comes to the Christian life.
Unless you know your real value as a child of God, you will most likely end up selling yourself cheap.
The devil is an expert bargainer. He lures you with promises of instant gratification. He dangles before you temptations of various sorts. He sweet-talks you with half-truths that wet your fleshly appetite.
Drunkenness. Lust. Greed. Vanity.
No wonder the government official steals money from the coffers of the state. Or the young man gets addicted to drugs. Or the young girl falls into pre-marital sex. Or the officemate engages in gossip.
They don’t know their value in the eyes of God leading them to sell themselves cheap in the eyes of men.
If you are a daughter of a King, would you dress slutilly in public? If you are a son of a King, would you steal bread from a poor beggar?
No, you won’t. It is simply not right. Princes and Princesses don’t do those things. Self-respect won’t let you do that.
My dear reader, you are a child of a King. You are royalty. First class. Set apart.
It doesn’t matter if you are financially struggling, or ill, or lonely. It does not in any way change the truth that you are valuable in the eyes of God.
In the Book of Isaiah, God said:
“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.” (Isaiah 43:4)
You are precious, honored and valued. The first step towards conversion is not so much the recognition of sin but the recognition of one’s value. Once you know how valuable you are, you will realize how worthless sin is.
Then you will not indulge. Instead, you will remain firm.
Your value then becomes your best defense!
Have a blessed week ahead!