“We have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
Now let’s start with a question:
Do you realize how valuable you are?
I suspect that most of us do not. I would say, in fact, that one of the prevailing weaknesses of Christians is a poor sense of self-esteem. Have you noticed this? Some people never look you fully in the face when you talk to them. They keep their heads bowed and their eyes never make contact. Others show poor self-esteem in the way they dress. We know that clothing gives a message that is either positive or negative. It is never neutral. When I see a young girl in baggy, loose clothing that leaves no way to know what her form is, I say to myself, That is a case of poor self-esteem. There are many other ways that poor self-esteem reveals itself.
I believe it is a common religious problem. Sometimes we misinterpret this lack of pride as humility, but if you have a poor sense of self-worth, you cannot be humble since you have nothing to be humble about. When you know your own value, then you can walk that narrow road between pride and false humility.
As we examine throughout this text the theme of our value-“What is my importance to God?”- we will find that we are simultaneously discovering the answer to the question of our identity-“Who am I?” God wants us to know who we are and He wants us to know how much we matter to Him.
Our exploration begins with God’s original purpose in creating mankind as it is recorded in the opening chapters of Genesis. We will discover as we look into God’s Word together throughout this book that His future plans for us only get more and more exciting. But first, let’s look at what Scripture says about how and why God created us the way He did.
The Danger of Pride
I want to remind you of the fact that the creation of Adam and Eve was somewhat down the program in God’s creative works. God had already designed a glorious host of angelic beings – seraphim and cherubim and archangels and angels and many other wondrous entities.
One of these was one of the chief archangels whose name originally was Lucifer; it was changed to Satan after his rebellion. Lucifer means “the bright, the brilliant, and the shining one.” Satan means “the adversary, the enemy.”
And the reason Lucifer fell was pride. The most dangerous sin by far that ever threatens us is pride. It is a disastrous sin, and we are all vulnerable to it in one way or another. It does not take much in the way of success for any of us to be easily taken over by pride. In fact, I have seen many ministries ruined this way.
My personal prayer is: Lord, by whatever means is necessary, keep me from becoming proud.
Now Lucifer rebelled because he was proud, and he had a lot to be proud of. If you are familiar with Ezekiel 28, you may know that it describes two persons. The first half of the chapter deals with the prince of Tyre, and the second half deals with the king of Tyre.
The prince of Tyre was a human ruler, but the phrase king of Tyre refers to an archangel, the one who was Lucifer. This is how he is described: “Thus says the Lord GOD: `You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.”‘ Ezekiel 28:12-13
Lucifer was a most glorious being. In addition he occupied a place of singular honor. The next verse, which continues below, states:
“You were the anointed cherub who covers” that is, he was the one who covered the throne of God. One cherub was set apart to stretch out his wings over the throne. That honor was given to Lucifer. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.” verses 14-15
So here was a glorious heavenly being of inexpressible wisdom, majesty and power who had the singular privilege of covering the throne of God. And yet iniquity was found in him. He grew proud and that pride led to his downfall. He was cast out from the heaven of God into a lower region.
-You Matter To God