As followers of Jesus Christ, how important is it for Christians to love themselves and to have a realization of self-worth? Every person needs to realize their own value and importance. It’s central for us, as believers, to view ourselves in the light of the Word of God and in view of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Scriptures teach us in various ways that we are Individually valuable to God, and that we are precious in His sight.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well”. (Ps 139:13-14)
Know this: every human being is fearfully and wonderfully made. God’s works are wonderful, and we (as God’s creation) are a wonderful work of the Lord’s. Glory to God!
“Then God said, “Let Us [Father, Son, Holy Spirit] make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle, and over the entire earth, and over everything that creeps and crawls on the earth.” So, God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen 1:26-27 AMP)
The fact is that God created us in His own image. Wow! Another interesting truth is that God has given us authority over the earth and over every living thing on it! That’s a huge indication of God’s love for each individual—the only beings made in the image of God. We are valued by the living God, and we are very important to Him.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— (1 Pet 2:4 NIV)
Since we’ve accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord, the Bible tells us that we are CHOSEN by God and PRECIOUS to Him.
“Chosen” means selected, preferred, and desired. “Precious” means valued, greatly loved, treasured, and cherished. Doesn’t that paint a portrait of someone who is esteemed and priceless to God? Since this is so, we should love ourselves and walk in the dignity and majesty bestowed upon us by God’s evaluation of us.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)
Each and every believer is a Masterpiece by the work of the Master—Jesus Christ! See yourself as the glorious masterpiece that you are.
You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Cor 6:20)
Because we are so valued by the Lord, an astronomical price was paid to purchase our redemption. By dying on the cross, being buried, and rising again—all according to the Scripture (1 Cor. 15:3-4)—the Lord Jesus Christ paid for our redemption. Hallelujah!
You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. (SOS 4:7)
The Lord declares that His children are beautiful. Praise God!
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. (Joh 10:28-30)
The best news of all is that no one has the power to snatch us out of the hand of the Lord, nor can anyone snatch us out of the hand of our Father God! Glory to God most High!
For all of the above reasons, and many, many more, every believer should have a good sense of self-worth and self-value. Therefore, we walk in humility and in obedience to the Lord and in service to our fellow human beings.
If you would like to study additional Scriptures to investigate and realize your value to God, I recommend these passages: Isaiah 41:10; Joshua 1:5, 9; Psalm 28:7; 63:1-8; Jeremiah 17:7; Lamentations 3:22-23; Luke 12:7; 2 Corinthians 190:12; Hebrews 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 3:3-4. God bless you.