Definition of Value: To estimate worth, to appraise or consider someone or something to be beneficial; have a high opinion of. (Webster)
It is interesting to know what people value. Myself, I can look at an old junk car and envision it back to its intended and original beauty. However, my wife does not see the value as I do in old cars, but she would visualize a beautiful final product from boxes of fabric; but me, not so much.
We live in a society today that does not always agree on seeing the value in someone or something as they do. Some may see the value in a mask for health protection, while others may not. Some may see the value in firearms for home protection or for people in law enforcement; others may not. Some may not agree on the value of a political leader. Still others may not value the life of a human being in the womb of a mother. As born again believers, we know that God values life and that above all, God values the souls of men. How do we know this?
The souls of men are valuable because He created man with a living soul.
Genesis 2:7, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
The souls of men are valuable because of man's purpose. We see this purpose clearly defined in the following verses:
- To worship. John 4:23-24, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
- To render reasonable service. Romans 12:1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
- To glorify God. 1 Corinthians 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
The souls of men are valuable because Jesus said it is the most valuable thing in the world.
Mark 8:36-37, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
The souls of men are valuable because God sent His only begotten Son to redeem us from our bondage from sin!
Galatians 3:13, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: ..." (John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8).
Aren't you glad God sees value in sinners like us! Just as in those old junk cars, He sees restoration; restoration in our relationship with Him. And just like the pieces of fabric in the garage, He can make us into a new creature!
The souls of men are valuable enough to be part of the last commandment given to us.
Mark 16:15-16, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
The souls of men are valuable enough that Jesus asked to pray for laborers.
Matthew 9:37-38, "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."
Let us ask ourselves: "Is what God values valuable to us also?" Are we devaluing the souls of men due to race, politics, or other differences, or do we see the opportunity for restoration and the possibility of a new creature in Christ? When we value a soul as God does, we should be all consumed to see it as a potential being to worship Him, to serve Him, and to glorify His name!
|Written by Chad Robinson
August 12, 2020