There is an old saying that we really don’t appreciate the value of something until it is taken away from us. As we go about our busy lives, we have a tendency to underestimate the value of our Almighty Creator. In the “thick of things” of life’s ups and downs, it’s easy to forget the unseen power of God who supplies our every need and is an ever-present help in times of trouble. May we always resist the temptation to take for granted how much God is really worth to us.
Consider for a moment what it would be like if God had turned His back on us and abandoned sinful mankind forever and decided not to send His Son into the world to save us from our sins. Also, imagine what would have resulted if God had hidden His truth from us, given up on His creation, and left us on our own.
Gone would be the hope of any possibility of life beyond the grave and no hope of eternal life. There would be no transcendent purpose to give meaning and purpose to our lives. We would be groping in the dark and struggling for survival with no more significance than the creatures of the animal kingdom until the day we die.
All of our accomplishments would amount to nothing in the long run. The sacrifices, the good and great things we would do would have no lasting value, and our lives would pass into oblivion. Generations would come and go. Millions would be born; they would labor and sweat and struggle for bread and search in vain for purpose. Mankind would squabble and scold and fight for meaning until death awaits him with no hope of a resurrection, and any joy of life would be overshadowed by aching grief. His life would be only a brief passing, bounded by an eternity of nothingness before and after. In the words of the apostle Paul, “[he would largely be] of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 15:19 King James Version).
God values us now
But thanks to our eternal Creator, He did care; so much so that He did indeed give us His only Son to die in our place so that we can all have meaning, purpose and, yes, even eternal life (John 3:16).
God’s value to us manifests itself in many other ways as well. God created us from the dust of the ground and put a spirit in us so that we can have human minds and intellect. Then, with the added gift of His Holy Spirit, He allows us to have spiritual understanding to understand His purpose and plan. He not only created us in His image, He cared enough to send along His instruction book, the Holy Scriptures to show us how to have a rewarding and fulfilling life. Our Creator gave us clear rules to live by, to protect us and show us the true way to live. Through His laws, God shows us cause and effect that produces all the good and evil in the world and freely gives us sound advice and counsel on how to make life work.
This includes wise counselling on how to have a happy marriage, sensible advice on child rearing, how to manage our finances, succeed in our jobs, and have radiant health in mind and body. Moreover, our eternal God is the source of help when we are tired, stressed out, worried, discouraged, fearful, and encumbered by other problems of life. His Word is literally filled with hope and encouragement.
Our future value
As mind-boggling as this is, our Heavenly Father’s value goes beyond the incredible blessing of this present life. He gives us His Holy Spirit to open our minds to comprehend spiritual things and answers the big questions of why we were born, why we are here, and where we are going. Through His Spirit, He also enables us to understand that we are heirs of wonderful promises and blessings far beyond anything we can imagine. “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ...” (Romans 8:16-17).
God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, also promises us eternal life—a life free from disease, sickness, worry, fear, and even death (Revelation 21:4).
The apostle Paul wrote about the “hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, … [that] we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2, 3:7).
Our great God, the giver and sustainer of life, first gave us physical life, as we read in the beginning of Genesis. But because of the choice the first humans made, death resulted (Hebrews 9:27). However, unlike animals, man was created with the potential to attain spiritual eternal life, made possible by God sending His Son into the world to die for the wrong choices we made.
I could go on and mention many other benefits, like love, joy, peace, faith, and a litany of other valuable blessings God gives us by His Holy Spirit for those who love Him and obey His commandments, but I think we get the point.
When we fully grasp that God, through His Son Jesus Christ, is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and He has created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27) for a very special purpose with the potential to attain immortality, then life takes on a greater meaning—far greater than the empty purposeless life we would have without Him.
Aren’t you glad He cared?
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