Self-worth and identity are two topics that receive a great deal of attention. So many of us gain our understanding of our identity from what other people say about us. As we’ve gotten older people have said to us that we are not loved. Perhaps someone has communicated to you that you are a failure and a disappointment. Sometimes we look at our past mistakes and believe that there is no way that anyone could love or value us. In the midst of all of these voices, it’s important that we look to Scripture to see who we really are.
The Bible has a great deal to say about our true identity. In the very first chapters of Scripture, God shows us who we are in relation to Him. In Genesis 1:26-27 we read, “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (ESV) This passage shows that we have inherent value because we are made in God’s image. We reflect His image, though we are sinful and fallen.
In addition, God takes personal interest in creating each one of us. David writes, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)
David is giving us a glimpse into God’s work in the womb. God knits us together like a person knitting a tapestry. He pays personal attention to each detail of who we are. His attention to our creation grants us value. Each one of us is special because we are knitted together by God.
The death of Jesus Christ also shows us that we have value. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV) God sent His Son Jesus Christ to live a perfect life in our place that we could not live and to die a death in our place that we deserve. He did this because He wants to have a personal relationship with us. Such a sacrifice shows how much God values us.
So, do you believe that you have value? You are made in God’s image. You are created by God in your mother’s womb. God loved you so much He sent His Son so you could have a relationship with Him if you will turn from yourself and your sin and follow Him.
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