The LORD their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in His land like jewels in a crown, Zech 9:16
Do you know how valuable you are? Do you? The value or worth of something is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for it. God thought you were worth dying for. Jesus paid the ultimate price for you. So that you could live life abundantly. He paid the highest price for you. And He would do it again to save you, rescue you, free you, and be your friend.
I believe so many of the problems in the world are rooted in a lack of people knowing who they are and how valuable they are. From the time we exit the womb the world has these expectations for us. Some people define their worth by their beauty, some by their relationship or status (married vs. single), some by their wealth, their friends, who they know, their academic achievements, or their ability to perform (talents, skills). Bottom line. None of those things make a person more valuable than another. Looks will fade, money can be lost, friends may leave or move, relationships can be lost, someone will come along and out shine you. There will always be someone who does it better than we can. But there is only one of us.
God’s love isn’t blanket love. You know what blanket love is right, “I love everyone, the end.” God’s love is specific to each individual person. He is the reason we are valuable. You are alive today because God wanted you to be. You are alive today because God’s love is the force that holds the universe together. He is in all things and all things came from Him. You were made in the image of God. Set apart to be holy, royal, a gem in His crown. You are not less than or better than. You are equal to those around you, all made in His image. All deeply loved.
You are a gem, hand-cut, designed as a master original. You are not to be compared to anyone. Your worth isn’t in what you look like, what you have, or what you do. Your worth has already been deemed priceless by the King of the Universe. Live in that love. Live from that place. Know that your true identity is in Christ. It’s not about you and what you do. It’s not about what others think of you or even what you think of yourself. It’s about God and what He longs to do through you. No need for jealousy in the Kingdom. No need for comparisons, striving, or low self-esteem. God doesn’t make junk, and His resources are unlimited. He loves you. God makes priceless gems and puts them on display for all the world to see His splendor! You are deeply loved, today and forever!