Crazy how quickly your emotions change. You lose your job and you shiver with fear. The next day you get another job making twice the pay and now you are ecstatic. You even tell others that losing your former job was one of the greatest things to take place. [No this did not happen to me.]
Or maybe you have severe pains in your body and you fear the worst. But when the doctor tells you what the problem is and it is easy to resolve all your anxiety leaves. [Yes I have been here many times.]
Do you know what a placebo is? It is some type of harmless medicine that produces no physical benefit to the patient. Its only intention is to get the patient to believe it works. Thus this becomes a possible cure for psychosomatic pains.
Do you know what a lie is? It is some form of harmless belief that produces no emotional
or physical harm to a person -
What you believe about yourself affects your behavior and your outlook on life. Yes, you.
So what do you believe about yourself? Do you feel worthless? Do you believe you are fat and ugly? Do you feel unloved? Do you feel dirty? Do you feel used? Do you believe nothing good will ever take place in your life? Do you believe your life situation is hopeless? Do you believe your life has been a waste? Do you have severe loneliness, because you believe you are all alone?
Let’s consider just one aspect -
Now that the shoes are gone and the coat hanger is empty, let’s put you on the hanger. Hey, hey. Let’s put a sticker price on you. What do you think the sticker price should be? What if the store manager puts $25,000? Let’s say someone who hates you sneaks into the store and replaces the price tag to say $10. Ok, let’s not leave you hanging.
Let’s take you off the hanger and place the Lord Jesus Christ on the hanger. What should be the price tag for Him? A million dollars? A trillion dollars? Some of you are probably thinking, “Wait a minute. He’s God! He is of infinite value! All the money in the world could not buy Him, because His worth is far greater!” Agreed.
Let’s go back to the pair of shoes, you know, the ones originally marked at $49.99. What is the actual value of the shoes? Answer? What someone is willing to pay for the shoes. When the buyer bought them for 50 cents he declared its value.
Now let’s go back to you still hanging on the hanger. What is your actual worth?
Answer? What someone is willing to pay for you. The God of the entire universe paid
for you at the expense of His own Son -
You are His creation. Of course you are valuable in his sight.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
[The final illustration is a variation of one originated from a former president of Moody Bible Institute.]
September 22, 2018
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