What are we really worth? What am I, as a person really worth? To whom am I valuable? It’s easy to see value in things such as; cars, boats, money, fame or other people. However when it comes to our own value, do we place as high a price on our value as we do on other people or things? Many of us walk with the burden of our past failures, we carry a load of guilt and shame that we’re not meant to bear. We’re reminded of a shameful past full of regret and mistakes we’d rather forget but we’re constantly reminded of what we’ve done.
In our moments of despair, when all hope seems lost, when we’re lost in the shame of our past we must remember from where our help comes from – it comes from the Lord (Psalm 121). Shame, guilt and despair are not part of God’s agenda for his kids. The first part of John 10:10 states: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy”. Satan is bent on our destruction; he will do whatever it takes to keep you away from freedom in Christ. He will rob you of your joy, He will steal your peace and he will kill your life by whatever means necessary. He is a prowling lion seeking who he can devour (1 Peter 5:8).
The second part of John 10:10 says; “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Jesus wants to give us life and give it to us abundantly. Christ saw our value while we were lost in sin. Christ saw us in our filthiest mess and said ‘Yes, I’ll die for that one’. Christ died for you. Today, He calls your name. Today, He desires to know you, to have a relationship with you. Today, He waits for you to open the door to your burdened heart and invite Him in. It does not matter where you’ve been, what you’ve done or who you are. Christ died for you. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Have you been following ‘other names’ attempting to find enlightenment or a way to higher truth? Many religions claim to know the way. Jesus said of himself; “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Buddha cannot save you, Mohammad cannot save you, no saint or apostle can save you. There is no penance or prayers to Mary that can take away your sin. Unlike those people, Jesus Christ died, rose again and sits at the right hand of God the Father and has provided a way of salvation to all people. Jesus is the only one who can set men and women free.
Jesus offers freedom and life. If you would like to know more about salvation and having a relationship with Jesus and the freedom found in Him, contact me.