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Who Defines Your Worth? – Girlfriends in God – June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020
Who Defines Your Worth?
Gwen Smith

Todays Truth
You are precious and honored in my sight. (Isaiah 43:4a, NIV).

Friend to Friend
Years ago, I bought my daughter a really cute jacket at the mall. It was a hoodie made of a cuddly fabric with cream, lavender, and mint green horizontal stripes. The jacket zipped up in the front and was well crafted, stylish, and simply adorable.

When I bought it, I felt like the price on the tag was a fair one, so I gladly pulled out my wallet and paid the retail amount. I was a kid in a candy store on the way home – fully anticipating a shriek of happiness from my little bag-of-beans when I gave it to her. 

I wasnt disappointed. Kennedy loved her new coat, and I was pleased with my purchase. Happy dances all around until a week later, when I saw the same jacket in the same store at a greatly reduced price. 

Are you tensing up with me? 

I felt schnookered! As soon as I saw the red line on the price tag of the unsold coats, everything changed in my mind Kennedys jacket wasnt worth what I paid for it.

When we speak of the worth of something, we often consider it to be a relative term. One that has shifting factors. For example, the jacket I bought was thirty-nine dollars, and a week later it was nineteen ninety-nine. The jacket didnt change, but its perceived worth did.

Now, consider the worth of a woman. 

Are the factors that determine her value based upon variable and shifting factors or are they based upon fixed factors? 

Seems to be a silly question, doesnt it? 

Fixed, of course! 

But, if the answer is so glaringly obvious, why do we struggle so much as women with feelings of worthlessness? Why do we walk around feeling like that red lined jacket? I think its because we often allow variable earthly factors to define our worth.

There are so many reasons why women feel worthless:

Because theyve been abused (raped, molested, physically abused, verbally abused)

Because theyve been told that theyre worthless (by a parent, spouse, sibling, teenage child, or another)

Because of choices theyve made or that have been made for them (divorce, infidelity, abortion, promiscuity, eating disorders, addictions, uncontrolled anger)

Because theyve been cheated on (infidelity, internet affair, pornography)

Because theyre co-dependent (conclude their value based upon other people If my husband isnt okay, Im not okay.)

Because they dont collect a paycheck (stay at home moms that have left the work force, laid off employees, displaced employees, those on disability)

Because theyve battled an illness (unable to care for family, perform basic home duties, participate in ministry or Bible study like they once did, cant drive, cook)

Unfortunately, the variable factors that we use to define our worth are endless. Many of us feel worthless. Why? Weve felt ignored, invisible, insignificant, useless, undesired, ugly, unloved, or forgotten.

We girls are emotional; broken in many ways. Great portions of our identity and of our personal value are wrapped into combustible packages of emotion – how we feel about this or that. The truth is, our worth has nothing to do with our feelings.

Trust me, Im not going to try to convince you that I know everything there is to know about feeling like a woman of worth or about being a woman of worth. In fact, the more I know God, the less inclined I am to pretend to have life or faith figured out. Im constantly tempted to define my worth with activities, emotions, and accomplishments. 

Ive come to realize, however, that way of thinking is a spiritual dead-end road.

Scripture tells us that anything we do in our own strength or of our own goodness is of no value to God. All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6a).

What I DO know is this: because of Jesus, Im a woman of highest worth. Not because of anything else.

We are God’s daughters, made in His image, precious in His sight.

In light of this, we need to set aside feelings that diminish our value and embrace our proper identity: Child of the King of Kings.

Hear this, friend: feelings of worthlessness are from Satan himself. It burns me up that the enemy has such a strong grip on Gods daughters in this area. We need to associate the word worthless with the word lie{Tweet this!} Thats exactly what it is, a big, fat lie!

God wants every one of us to experience hope and healing in Christ and have an appropriate sense of self-worth.

So let’s go back to Kennedy’s new coat for just a moment. Imagine walking into God’s department store. There on the rack, you spy a coat that is just plain fabulous I mean stop-you-in-your-tracks fabulous! One-size fits all, the tag reads.

Yeah, right, you whisper under your breath.

Then you flip over the price tag and its crazy expensive way beyond what you could ever dream of paying. Like, if you added up every dollar that ever passed through your hands then multiplied that by ten thousand that kind of expensive. Then imagine the storeowner walking over to you, slipping the coat off the rack and onto your shoulders.

It’s a perfect fit, He smiles.

Sir, you manage with a whisper, I could never afford such a coat. This is meant for royalty and I’m, well, just an ordinary girl.

Oh precious woman, this coat is made especially for you, and the price has already been paid in full.

As the owner straightens the sleeves on your arms and adjusts the collar around your neck, you notice his hands – nail pierced hands. And suddenly you realize that this is the covering you were meant to wear all along. 

You are precious and highly valuable in the eyes of the One who sees. And you never, never, never have to worry about being on anyone’s bargain rack again.

Lets Pray
Holy Father, Im humbled to be viewed as precious in Your eyes. Thank You for taking on my sin so that I could take on your righteousness. Please help me to see myself as You see me. Help me to thrive in Your beauty as a woman of worth!

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

Now Its Your Turn
What came to your mind as you read todays devotion? Are you held captive by feelings of worthlessness? Spend a few moments in prayer and ask God to reveal truth to your heart about how He sees you.

Take my FREE 5-Day Psalm Challenge and experience the power and peace of God in fresh ways as you walk through His Word.

More from the Girlfriends
Portions of todays devotion are from Gwens book Broken Into Beautiful. If youre brave enough to get real so that youand those you lovecan discover true freedom and God’s extravagant restoration, get your copy today on Amazon or, for a signed copy, visit Gwens web store

gig girlfriends in god psalm challenge promotionStudying the Bible is important to help you know and trust God more. It equips you with His power, presence, perspective and peace. It informs your emotions, increases courage, decreases doubt, and bolsters believing.

If you want to read and study the Bible, but dont know where to start, this is for you! Girlfriends in God cofounder Gwen Smith has created a FREE 5-Day Psalm Challenge that will guide you on a personal journey with the Lord as you read, record, reflect on and respond to His Word.

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