Abu Da'ud

You’re worth it

God gave Jesus for all of mankind. He had and has infinite worth to God. What does that say about the worth of each individual? About your worth to Him?

Infinite worth, divided by any number of people on Earth, results in every person always having infinite worth (though I believe that Christ’s life paid fully for each one of us). This means that to God each person on Earth has infinite worth.

John 3:16 speaks of God so loving us that He gave His Son for us. To Him, you’re worth it. He knows everything about you, knew what you’d do before you did it, and loves you. His opinion is more important than any, and He thinks you’re worth paying/giving the life of His Son, Jesus. That means you’re worth it.

Keywords: Love, God wants to relate, you’re worth it

How much does God love you and me?

He loves you so much it’s difficult to properly describe. The Bible gives us great help in seeing that love. Psalm 22 contains a prophetic description of Jesus on the cross. In part of it, Jesus looks forward to telling his brothers and sisters about the salvation that they can have. Yes, He was looking forward to being with us and was talking to us while He was on the cross.

Hebrews 12:2 (WEB) says:

looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Please note the phrase, “for the joy that was set before him.“ That was not about taking up His eternal position again – He had already had that and would not have gone through everything He did to simply regain what He already had. He was wanting to gain, and that gain was you and me. His entire effort was to make a way for your salvation. His joy, then, must have been and must still be the people that He loves.

That is How much He loves you. You are so special to Him that even when He was on the cross He looked forward to being with you. You brought Him so much joy that He could endure the horror of the cross itself — the physical pain — and of becoming sin — the spiritual pain. He did all of that so that He could spend eternity with you and others. He loves each of us fully, as well as fully loving His entire church. The extent of that love for us is further shown in John 17, in which Jesus is intent upon asking that He could be in those that He loves. He, the perfect One, chose to give up everything and endure the most excruciating pain while thinking of you and me He chose to make his dwelling place inside those who believe and fully yield to Him (who follow Him as Lord and Savior). That is how close He wants to be to you and me. All of the things above show how special you are to Him and how much He loves you.

Keywords: God’s love for us, God in us, cross, crucifixion, God wants to relate

The hallmark of a Christian is love

Christians don’t need to compete to find their value. So what should they be about? A Christian knows the love of God, and loves back in response. The relationship produces a simple and pure devotion to Christ, characterized by loving God and people. Love is the hallmark of a Christian – a result of being loved.

Keywords: God loves you, relationship, value, competition, simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ

God wants, but does not need, a relationship with mankind

Love chooses to give the best it can to another, without regard for its own pleasure or benefit.  God is love (1 John 4:8).  He, by nature, seeks our benefit without looking for or needing anything from us.

Both the Old and New Testaments state that God needs nothing from man.  An example from the Old Testament:

I don’t rebuke you for your sacrifices.
    Your burnt offerings are continually before me.
I have no need for a bull from your stall,
    nor male goats from your pens.
10 For every animal of the forest is mine,
    and the livestock on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains.
    The wild animals of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls,
    or drink the blood of goats?
14 Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving.
    Pay your vows to the Most High.
15 Call on me in the day of trouble.
    I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”  Psalm 50:8-15 WEB

An example from the New Testament:

25 neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things.  Acts 17:25 WEB

It is important to know that He wants us rather than needs us because it makes the nature of the relationship even clearer – He chose us because He wants to be with us.

God is good (Psalm 119:68).  He does good things for us not because He needs to, but because He wants to.  He wants a relationship with each of us, to be good to us for our benefit.

Keywords: God, love, want, need