I have never really been able to buy into the idea of human beings being worthless. On the contrary, I believe that human beings are extremely valuable in the sight of God and all creation.
If humanity was just another piece of junk, why would it require the spotless blood of God’s only Son to redeem us?
If human beings were utterly worthless, why would the devil and his cohorts lavish thousands of years trying to ruin us?
I just don’t get that whole concept of humanity being a mere mound of mess.
In fact, I’m convinced that this whole idea is a brainchild of the devil. Yes, he sowed that evil tare in humanity’s consciousness in order to cripple our capacity to receive and enjoy favours from God and man.
The truth of the matter is that even in our most wretched sinfulness, we still mattered to God. We were high enough in His valuation that He risked His own life to come and get us.
""For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." ~ John 3:16
You are so loved.
You are so precious.
You are so invaluable.
You are so special.
Sometime during His earthly ministry, Jesus got invited to a party held in His honour for the resurrection of Lazarus. During that event, Mary, Lazarus’ brother, out of gratitude to Jesus for what He had done for them, poured a very expensive perfume at the feet of Jesus. The entire house was filled with the beautiful fragrance; but, there was someone that was not happy with that.
"But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, "Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages". ~ John 12:4-5
Judas tried to belittle Jesus by implying that what Mary did was a wasteful use of the perfume. In other words, Jesus did not deserve to have such an expensive perfume poured on His feet.
Of course, Judas did not put it that way. Instead, he carefully couched it in pious terms so as to maximize its impact on Jesus’ self-esteem and diminish His status before those present.
More so, Judas seems to even imply that the poor were more important than Jesus; and this is how the devil has used people – and other tools – to try to belittle you and make you feel worthless.
Fortunately – and a notable example for us – Jesus knew His worth.
"Leave her alone", Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me". ~ John 12:7-8
He was able to receive the favours bestowed upon Him because He had a robust and confident sense of His own divine worth.
In our world today, unfortunately, most of us are not so confident. We feel so unworthy and diminished by the callous attitudes of others that we practically turn down the favours that God has sent our way.
You need to understand, however, that you’re worth it.
This new week is a week of God’s favour. The Lord will cause many Marys to bring expensive pints of nard to pour at your feet.
There will be offers.
There will be invitations.
There will be opportunities.
There will be gifts.
You’re worth it.
You’re worth it.
You’re worth it.
So, confidently welcome and receive them.
With a smile on your face, lean back, stretch your legs, and enjoy the feel and smell of the perfume on your feet; because you’re worth it.