July 31, 2012

You Matter

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 31, 2012

“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 14:2

You matter. You matter because you’re made in the image of God. You are a blueprint of a beauty birthed out of heaven. Your physical makeup is beautiful, because the eye of your beloved beholder is your heavenly Father. Your intellectual capacity is attractive, because in Christ, you know the mind of Christ. Your emotional energy is engaging, because you are accepted and loved by God. You matter because your Master Jesus says you matter.

You matter. You matter because you are chosen by the Lord—you are His treasured possession. Jesus wants you to be with Him like a coach who recruits athletes; He has picked you to be on His team. He calls the plays and He expects you to excel in the position suited for your skills, gifts and experiences. You matter most to the Lord of Hosts. Since Jesus Christ thinks the world of you, He laid down His life for the world on your behalf.

“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4

What does it mean for you to be a treasured possession of Almighty God’s? Like the Hope Diamond, He values your extreme worth. He protects you, He provides for you, He prays for you and He displays you as a proud trophy of His grace to a lost and hurting world. Yes, you matter. You matter because God owns you. And His ownership displays excellent stewardship. What He owns, He takes care of. What He owns He blesses.

Furthermore, as a precious possession of God’s, your value increases over time. You are an eternal asset that appreciates in worth and significance. The allocations in your heavenly portfolio include faith, hope, love, grace and holiness. You matter. You matter, because you are filthy rich with the riches of Christ. You have been given much in your faith journey, so God expects much. Thus, you matter in helping others know they matter.

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48b

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that I matter much to you, so lead me to help others know they matter to You as well.

Related Readings: Numbers 16:22; Malachi 2:15: Colossians 3:12; 1 Peter 2:9

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Comments

  1. Robin says:

    “you matter”… some days those words are so powerful.
    Thank you Boyd

  2. Karen Holmes says:

    This does not seem comforting to me. It seems to indicate that the Jews are God’s chosen and favorite people whom he loves at the exclusion of all the other people on Earth.

  3. Kmac4him says:

    It is interesting that as I get older, I “feel” like I matter less. Thankfully, I am learning not to chase my feelings, but pursue God with all my heart. Mattering is truly an issue as our hair grays, our hearts feels the need to matter more. I am not sure if it is a woman “thing” alone or if men struggle in this way too. Of all my years of life, I have never struggled more with this issue that “I matter” than now. I have to guard my heart against making “mattering” my emotional pursuit, instead of my 1st call to God. It is a difficult struggle as we get older and begin to feel we don’t matter anymore. God finishes what He starts and this is a big truth that helps counteract this mid-life matter search! God’s purposes don’t stop working in our lives because we are getting older. There is always more to do for HIM and more to learn in HIM! Also, I always encourage myself with the truth that God does not change. His love, purposes and pursuit of us is the same no matter what our age!

  4. Terria Wright says:

    This sounds like people are putting too much attention and pointing the finger towards one person. Don’t do that. Please don’t. I was recently told, “only when you matter trouble comes after you” and “when you are doing something, you become a target for trouble.” Really? It amazes me that people know how to use the bible and Jesus to commit hatred, trouble, and evil towards certain individuals. I will not renounce Jesus, God, or the Holy Spirit, but people especially Christians, can some of the most sneakiest, meanest, cruels, greedy, hateful, poisonous people on earth. I will not renounce Jesus, but some Christians really know how to use the bible to accomplish their evil desires. “We have the the authority to hurt others” type of mentality. I will not renounce Jesus, but Christianity is becoming more evil and greedy as day past. The earthly rich get richer and some Christians use the bible to keep others poor and poorer. When will Christians begin to work on spreading the wealth just as Jesus did with the five loathes and two fish. Everyone become wealthy that day.

  5. Jesus is a gentleman!!!!! says:

    “Jesus wants you to be with Him like a coach who recruits athletes; He has picked you to be on His team. He calls the plays and He expects you to excel in the position suited for your skills, gifts and experiences.”

    Let’s keep this real. Man pick man. Jesus is a gentleman. Jesus does not force us to be on His team.

    From my experiences, man calls the plays then get angry if you can’t read them “in the spirit”. Man says (in the spirit), “I am going to drive you crazy have you placed in an asylum because that is what I am telling everyone (in the spirit). Then man says, “This is God’s will, you must now play along with it.”

    God says, “I have come to give you live and life more abundantly.”

    Does this “you matter” have evil intentions behind it?

  6. Patricia says:

    In the 7th. chapter of this article, you wrote: “You matter, you mtter, because you are filthy rich with the riches of Christ.”

    Since when is the word “filthy” ever used in conjuction with the riches of Christ? The word “filthy” has no place with G-d’s Holiness.

    The word abundantly rich would have been a more suitable word.

    1. Boyd says:

      Patricia, you are right abundantly is a better word choice, thank you for your observation. Have a blessed day.
      A servant for Jesus,

      Boyd


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