Your Value To God Is Not Based Upon What You Do

Precious to GodIt’s ironic, I know. The year I lost the ability to do anything for God was the year that I found Him.

It was only when I became burned out that I realised somewhere, along the way, I had subscribed to the belief that my value to God was based on my service for Him.

Finally, I reached the point where I had nothing left to give. It was during the following year of incapacitation that I met God as my loving Heavenly Father. I did not need to do anything to be approved by Him—I already was.

This revelation of God’s grace launched me into a new season of freedom—and ministry influence that went beyond anything I could have dreamed of. [1]

Incapacitated and Valuable

If our definition of value to God has to do with our service for God, then by extension we are saying that our value is determined by our capacity—physically, emotionally and mentally—to serve Him.

Then what happens when we are incapacitated for a season? Have we ceased to be useful to God? Have we lost our value? Have we lost our ability to be fruitful? [2]

My Mum-in-law, Rosemary Calder was a Godly woman with a prophetic call of God upon her life. The desire of her heart was that God would use her increasingly to minister to others. In the last 5 years of her life, however, Alzheimers cruelly robbed her of the capacity to comprehend and speak.

Yet Rosemary was no less precious to the Father in those final years. No illness could destroy her spirit, take away her salvation or rob her of her life’s fruit. In fact, I believe that the basket full of fruit accumulated in her life up until that time was only becoming riper and sweeter.

Rosemary contributed to the end, by giving her family the opportunity to love and serve her. And when she passed into glory, she gave us still more gifts: she strengthened our unity and gave us occasion to worship God and honour her life. Her spiritual legacy lives on in us. [3]

So Beautiful—Jeff and Lauris

Jeff and Lauris Hulls had been married for 27 years, when Lauris had a second stroke that hospitalised her and took away her ability to speak. During the last period of her life, all Lauris could do physically was blink and wiggle one joint of her right index finger.

Lauris had previously enjoyed devotional books and readings, and so Jeff continued to read these to her. However the readings which once inspired Lauris, now seemed to cause frustration. Jeff noted, ‘She disengaged clearly and shut me out by closing her eyes.’

Then it occurred to Jeff—the readings were all about doing.

And so Jeff began to compose his own devotions and meditations. These were about being, rather than doing. Jeff writes, ‘Her sense of spiritual value and self worth appeared to increase as she absorbed the meditations.’

After Lauris passed away in 2005, Jeff compiled his meditations, along with snapshots of Lauris’ final journey, into a book called ‘So Beautiful.’

‘So Beautiful’ was a tender love story; a story of family and faith and the value of a life lived with God. Jeff shared intimate moments as he and other family members and friends interacted with Lauris.

Jeff’s love for his wife Lauris is a parable: a moving and extraordinary picture of Jesus’ love for us.

Today, I want to leave you with this thought:

You are loved, not because of what you do, but because of who you are.

You are already approved because of what Jesus has done.

You are valuable to God simply because you are His beloved son or daughter.


Notes:

[1] For more of my story, see the following posts:

No Longer an Orphan: How I Discovered The Father’s Love

1 Father, 2 Sons, 3 Positions: Which Describes You?

[2] In Galatians 5, the Apostle Paul defines the fruit of the Spirit, not as works and deeds, but as the inner attributes of love, joy, peace, patience, etc. (Gal 5:22)

[3] See ‘How to Leave a Spiritual Legacy.’


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