Your True Value
Acts 2:17 tells us that in the last days, the older generation will “dream again” and the younger generation will have fresh vision. It’s the time when those who have been living by faith for years to “dream another dream” and for those who are young and have heard, but have not seen as much, to have “vision” beyond their years!
Perhaps you’ve thought that God’s great work was reserved for legendary figures like Moses, the Apostle Paul or Jonathan Edwards, but you’ve never been able to picture yourself doing works like these men did. Well, here’s some good news! You see, over the centuries, God has not developed some uncanny ability to choose great men to accomplish His will. No, it wasn’t their greatness that caused God to choose these men. Rather, God makes the men who choose Him to be great! Their greatness didn’t come from who they were — but in knowing who their God was!
Throughout history, God has always used weak, broken vessels to change cities, nations and generations. Their weakness did not stop them because, as Hebrews 11:32-33 says; “by faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them….their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.”
A conference speaker once began his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. He asked those present “Who wants this $20 bill?” Hands went up all over. So he crumpled the bill and then asked, “Who still wants it?” All the hands went up again. He dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it, kicked it, and ground it in the dirt until it was crumpled and dirty, then asked again “Who still wants it?” All the hands still went up. You see, no matter what he did to the money, they still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.
You may have made wrong decisions and faced hurtful circumstances that made you feel like you’ve been dropped, kicked and ground into the dirt. You may have felt worthless, but you have not lost your value in God’s eyes! The worth of your life does not come in what you do, or who you are — it comes in Whose you are!
It has been said that Jonathan Edwards, before the beginning of the Great Awakening, made a covenant with God. Standing on a riverbank, he cried out to God for revival in the land. Drawing a circle in the sand, he pledged that before God could take the city, region or nation, He must start here — and he pointed to the circle. Then Edwards stepped into the circle.
We love you so very much and continually carry you in our hearts everywhere we go. How we thank God for you!
Let’s finish strong!
Cindy, Lois & Ray