plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Agatha Christie wrote on one occasion that she married an archaeologist. When asked why she replied, “Because the older I get the more he’ll appreciate me.”
From the moment we take our first breath, we begin to age. At first we embrace it enthusiastically and it just can’t happen fast enough. Then suddenly, or gradually, reality sets in…the years pass more quickly. We begin to spend more time on our wardrobe, shopping for makeup, and searching for flattering hairstyles.
Our culture worships youth and beauty and we buy into the lie that our shells and our age define our value. Fortunately, God is not impressed nor is He deceived by our physical appearance. 1 Samuel 16:7b says, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”
What if instead of defining ourselves by our looks or age we defined ourselves by the things that God values?
- God values women who seek Him first (Matthew 6:33) God desires and created us to be in relationship with Him. No other person or thing can satisfy us like He can.
- God values women who are faithful (Proverbs 31:30). No matter how much we love God, living the Christian life is a challenge…the infant crying in the night, relationships in conflict, finances out of control, the wayward child, and discouragement in ministry to name a few. Our faithfulness is revealed in our daily lives as we live out our commitment to God and to others.
- God values beauty that comes from within ( 1 Peter 3:3-4). Bodies deteriorate but our spirits are renewed day by day as we walk with God.
- God values women who are humble (Philippians 2:3-4). We live in a culture that says, “ It’s all about me!”. This preoccupation with self is rooted in pride… the desire to lift up and exalt ourselves beyond our place as a creation of God. There are many biblical examples of pride and its consequences (Daniel 4, Nebuchadnezzar). Humility, although out of fashion, is of great value in God’s eyes. While we should not think less of ourselves, we should think of ourselves less. (Unknown)
- God values women who live lives of service for the Lord (1 Peter 4:11). Peter makes it clear that we are gifted by God for two purposes…to serve others and to bring glory to God. Many think that serving God has to do with ministry related activities but serving God is much more. Serving God is a life style. Whatever we do out of love for God is service.
Let’s stop counting the years and celebrate the reality that our age or how we look does not determine our value …God does.
Truth to Claim: We are valuable to God.
Application: Live lives defined by who God says we are instead of who our culture says we are.
Solo Deo Gloria