Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. -Col. 1:21-22
What value do you put on your treasures? While driving down the mountain for home this weekend, traffic was exceptionally busy. Everyone was being patient and mostly polite but at one point the quickly moving cars came to an abrupt stand-still. I slammed on the brakes and the three small children in the backseat were frightened because things fell forward onto the floor. It was a powerful reminder that the most important treasure in my life was very vulnerable at that moment. Then the questions, “what would happen if we got in a car accident, mom?” “Have you ever been in a wreck before?” “What would we do if the car got smashed?” Lots of questions to which I did not have simple or easy answers.
It reminded me that the most precious treasure I have is not the things I own… my house or car… but the people in my life. This is how God sees each and every one of us as well. The keeper of the stars and the king of the universe, holds you as God’s most valuable treasure. Do you see yourself as a treasured part of God’s kingdom?
What holds you back from giving yourself value? How do you see yourself… as an insignificant, tiny speck? OR as a precious jewel in the galaxy that God loves and cares for? How we see ourselves is never the same as how God sees us. When Paul writes to the church in Colossae, he helps the people to see themselves as “holy in God’s sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” The way God sees us is perfect, unique, precious, worth more than we could ever pay. God goes all the way to the cross to prove our worth and value. Let’s use the incredible gifts God has given us to help other people see their worth in God’s eyes as well.
Creator God, with each breath of life you breathe, you give gifts to your creation, calling us to use your gifts to build up your kingdom on earth. We confess that sometimes we do not see your gifts for the treasures they are. We either take credit for them ourselves, or we dismiss them as not important. We privilege some gifts over others, forgetting that you care about tiny things as much as big things. And when we are called upon to use our gifts for your glory, so often we find ourselves distracted by our own desire and uncertain of your direction. Forgive us. Open our ears to hear you speaking, and our hearts to embrace your purpose. Amen.