There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1-11
A classic movie theme is the underdog team, made up of misfits and rejects, gradually comes to see their worth. By working together they fight their way to the championship against all odds.
In the movies they usually win the big game. But even when they lose, they learn a valuable lesson about teamwork, about the value of their teammates, and especially that they are champions whether they win or lose because of their intrinsic value.
The main message of the story is that people have value apart from their success or failure – apart from whether they are the “in” kids or the social outcasts.
Ironically, while we love these movies and keep going to them, we don’t believe the message. We continue to consider the actors who played those parts to be heroes because of their beauty or riches or fame. And we never quite believe that a loser can still be as valuable.
But God takes this message more seriously than we do. He insists that our value comes not from our personal success, nor from anything in us, but from his love for us. And we are victors, we are conquerors, we are immeasurably valuable because of the value he has placed on us.
Do you believe that you really are that important? God believed it enough to pay a tremendous price for you. And this is how you can tell who you are – by looking at what God gave for you.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I see my sins so clearly, and I know that I am worthless. And yet, in your eyes I am priceless. Lord help me to see all things through your eyes, as they truly are. Amen.