Human beings tend to define themselves & others by what they do & have. When we’re initially becoming acquainted with someone, we find out 1) their name (which is the label society puts on them) 2) their career/financial standing (which is their value as the bank sees it). Supposedly, these things will reveal to us who this person really is. Our assumption is that human beings are defined by what they do, how much wealth they’ve accumulated, & who others say they are.
What a sadly shallow way of defining people! Even sadder is that not only do we define/value others by these shallow means, we also define ourselves this way. We as a global culture have bought the lie that our individual worth is determined by how much we accomplish.
The Bible, however, makes it quite clear that our value is not nearly so superficial. Rather, our value & defintion are derived from our Creator. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God made us in His likeness. Don’t misinterpret this; to be clear, since Adam’s fall, we are not godlike. But nonetheless, we still derive our personhood from God. This is a value inherent to each individual, & an unchanging valuation, because it’s “set in stone” by God. No one & nothing can alter the value of someone.
No matter how badly we mess up, no matter how worthless the world says we are, God has given us value, purpose, & perpetual second chances. Nothing & no one can change that!
These truths are easily forgotten though, if we allow ourselves to become so caught up in the “daily grind” that we neglect to spend time with God, being reminded of who He says we are, & what our true purpose is.
Our true purpose is to know, glorify, & worship God. Sending our children to the best schools, having a bigger house, a newer car, more savings, etc, are all mere asides. They’re not what life is about. While such goals aren’t wrong per se, it breaks God’s heart when we misguidedly allow them to define us. You are who God says you are, Christian!
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
“As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at His feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10: 38-42 (NIV)