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Remember your worth: You are Loved, Called and Chosen

Last year I found myself in a place that a Queen and Chosen Nation should not be. Looking back, I can see that if I had remembered my worth I would never have found myself in that place. I allowed who I was to be defined by someone who was not God, I allowed myself to fall into a depressive state and forgot completely that I was created beautiful, and that I had been made deserving of love through grace given to me by Christ. Coming out of that state, God spoke to me on the topic of worth and value and highlighted that there are so many who walk this earth not knowing how much they mean to their Father in heaven, unaware that there is a great love awaiting them.

As someone who knows full well the negative effects that can come out of forgetting your worth I feel a great burden on my heart to share with every human being just how much they mean to Our Father. So, let me inform you; you are loved, called and chosen by God. You mean so much to Him.

There are so many who walk this earth not knowing how much they mean to their Father in heaven.

Often, we forget our worth; maybe due to circumstance or maybe someone told you that you had no worth or value, maybe you didn’t even know that you were special… but you are so special, so valued and so worth it. Isn’t it amazing that the God loves us so much that He has written our names on the palms of His hands? “Indeed, I have inscribed [a picture of] you on the palms of My hands; Your city walls [Zion] are continually before Me.” (Isaiah 49:16).
You might remember the Disney movie ‘Princess Protection Programme’, starring Demi Lovato as a princess who had to go into hiding. She had to learn how to live as a normal person so that she could blend in; but as children of the King of Kings we are all princes or princesses. Often we become too accustomed to living as normal people, so much so that  we forget our true worth. So, let me remind you… you are not normal, you are special, so, so special to Our Father.

When did you forget how much you mean to Him?

We serve a God that sees us and calls us beautiful, He knows our flaws and calls us by name. He looks beyond our present infirmities to the person He created us to be. God never defines us by our situations because He knows exactly what He has called us into. Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances and begin to define ourselves by them; sometimes others define us by the circumstances we encounter ‘the woman with the issue of blood’, and ‘the woman with 5 lovers’ for instance. To this day both women are remembered because of their circumstance but God looked at them and called them ‘daughter’… Mark 5:25-34 vs 34.And He said to her [the woman with the issue of blood], “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.””

Perhaps you believe that your worth has been altered by your actions, afflictions or experiences but your worth has never changed in God’s eyes; He has always called you his child, He has always called you beautiful, He has always loved you. You may have rolled around in sin; covered yourself in it, but that doesn’t mean God has written you off. The fact that you may have been covered in a bit of dirt, doesn’t make you dirt. In John 13:10 we see Jesus remind Peter that a person who has bathed need not re-wash his whole body but only needs to have his feet washed. It was by no mistake that Christ Himself insisted on washing the feet of his disciples. In the same manner, once we welcomed Christ into our hearts He made us clean and calls us into salvation so if  we fall into sin all we must do is return to Christ and let Him ‘wash our feet’- take away our sin.

God loves you enough to meet you right where you are and He cares enough to ensure He doesn’t leave you there

Sy Rogers once said, “God loves you enough to meet you right where you are and He cares enough to ensure He doesn’t leave you there”. God’s love for us is so beautiful and the bible contains so many illustrations of His great love, Isaiah 43:1-4 is a piece of scripture I find particularly beautiful. How amazing is it that God truly gives men for our sake – He gave the ultimate sacrifice, His son. Songs of Solomon 4:9 acts as a beautiful metaphor for the love that God has for us,  we see the bridegroom [God] say to his bride [the church] “You have ravished my heart and given me courage, my sister, my [promised] bride; You have ravished my heart and given me courage with a single glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.” If you have ravished the heart of King of kings how dare you ever believe any lie from hell that tells you you’re not worthy of the most perfect love.

You are nothing less than loved in all areas of your life. God loves you, He has called you and He has chosen you.

He loves you

Romans 8:37-39  The bible speaks so much of God’s great love for us. He loves us no matter our condition, God loves us completely and perfectly. His love for us is agape – unconditional, unchangeable- there is nothing we could ever do to increase or lessen God’s perfect love for us. He has never been afraid or ashamed to call us by name; even while we were yet in sin, we were more than worthy- through the blood of Christ – of being called His children. God looks beyond our present state and sees us as who He created us to be. One scripture that speaks of how great His love is for us is Ephesians 2:4-5. How beautiful it is that His love is great enough to save us from judgement.

He called you by name 

Romans 8:30  God has not only called, but He called us into His perfect GLORY [honour, magnificent beauty, splendour, majesty], that we may be manifestations of His good works. How amazing is that?

Isaiah 43:1 He calls you out of darkness, out of sorrow, out of weakness, out of pain. He calls us to Himself and He calls us by His grace. Nothing we have ever done has made us qualified for His grace and glory, and in the same way, nothing we can ever do could ever disqualify us but where sin abounds, grace abounds much more (Romans 5:20).

So, even if you think you have taken yourself away from God… If you’re still breathing, still living, He is beckoning you back to Himself so don’t wait until it’s too late to answer His call. Whenever we’re away from Him He is jealous for us.

“Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?James 4:5

He chose you 

Jeremiah 1:5 God chose you even before you came into being… to choose is to “pick out something as being the best or most appropriate.” So, whatever you are called into, know that God finds you the best and most appropriate for that particular purpose. Don’t measure your progress by the progress of others – we’ve all been called into different things. Don’t even measure it by how far you’ve got to go – the road can be long sometimes. Rather, measure your progress by how far you have come and know that with each little shuffle of your feet, you are an inch closer to where God wants you to be. John 15:16  God chose you, He chose you before you even knew Him and He knows that only you are best at being who He called you to be. Isaiah 45:4For Jacob My Servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name you; I have named you, though you have not known Me.”

Isn’t God such a hopeless romantic? He loves us anyway, even when we did not know Him He gave His son for us. While we turned our back on Him, He called us back to Himself… He chose us all. And He loves us with a love so perfect.

His love gives grace, His love leaves room for flaws, His love waits for us with open arms like the Father in parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). And when we go back to Him He doesn’t shame us, He doesn’t make us start all over again He simply picks us up and clothes us with the finest garments. The parable of the prodigal son is a beautiful imagery of how God loves us and how He longs for us to return to Him.  Luke 15:22   represents a beautiful picture of how God puts a covering of the ‘best robe’ over us – He doesn’t leave us exposed. He puts a ring on our finger, which is symbolic of the marriage between Christ and the church, the covenant He made when He gave Himself for us, and the love we step into when we accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. When the bible was written, rings symbolised great affection [from the giver] and a gifting of authority. So, in giving the ring to the prodigal son the father not only welcomes him home, but also welcomes him back into a position of authority. Sometimes when we fall in sin we think that we must press the reset button on the walk of faith. However, this isn’t a game of snakes and ladders… when we fall God picks us up and takes us into a better position than we could ever have imagined. The sandals symbolise His protection that is over us. During the time in which the bible was written many people would walk around bare foot, their feet would get dirty bruised and battered but the Father (God) gives protection from the hurts of this world.

 

God is calling every one of us- His beautiful children – by name, He is waiting with open arms to welcome you back into the Kingdom, take you by the hand, lead you through this journey of faith and clothe you in His great love.

Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and honour are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.”

Let Him clothe you in love, strength and honour. Don’t hold onto old stained garments when God is longing to clothe you in white.

God loves you, always.

 

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Dami Ladipo

I'm a 20-year-old student studying Sociology and Education Studies at Oxford Brookes University... essays are my forte so sorry in advance for any super lengthy posts!
I'm head over heels in love with God, and I'm willing to go wherever He sends me and share any words He gives to me.
I'm constantly on a mission to ensure that everyone knows they are loved by God and are equipped to live their lives to their God-given potential.

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