Eve had no idea when she chomped into that juicy piece of fruit (we’ll call it an apple) that the fate of the world would be altered forever. She had been warned, but she didn’t fully grasp the potential that was embedded in her bite. She unlocked, through an apple of all things, Pandora’s box, spilling its ills and tragedies into our world. An apple?? A little “one-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away”? Who could have imagined.
For the month of May, we will use several ‘apple’ references in Scripture as touch points for our journey. We’ll examine our value as women, and we will ask the question, “What is my value? What am I worth?” This question must be answered, and it must be driven deep into our minds and hearts if we are to shine at full capacity as women of light.
Because it is so beautiful, let us begin with the love-line in Zechariah 2:8: “Whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye.” This passage is referring directly to Israel, and yet it is for us to consider as well. Ponder the thought that God calls his people, God calls you the apple of his eye. You are His special and prized and protected and favored one. We are collectively and individually the apple of his eye. Beautiful.
I point to this as we start out because it is crucial. I’d love it if you began to think of yourself in this way, if you began to go through your day mindful, not that a guy was noticing or not noticing your value, but that God Himself has His eye and heart on you. Your value is determined by Him.
Since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, let me speak our language for a second. Imagine you have a diamond. You inherited it from a greatgrandmother, and now you want to know how much it is worth. Where do you go? Who do you ask? The logical answer is a jeweler or an appraiser. He would be the one to tell you the accurate value of your treasure. Well, what if you are ready to know your value as a woman? To whom should you go? Naturally, the One who created you, your Creator, is the one to tell you your true value. He is your Appraiser.
How many of us go all around the world asking anyone but the Creator to tell us our value? We go to friends, to men, to our parents, to bosses, magazines, you name it, to tell us if we stack up and how much we are worth. My friends, there is only one person who can rightly estimate your value! He is the only One who can speak on the matter, and His appraisal is firm.
Ultimately, a diamond is worth what someone will pay for it. The same is true for you.
When we ask God to appraise us, to show us our value, He says, “You are very valuable. Your life is costly and expensive. In fact, it cost me dearly. It cost me the life of my Son, Jesus Christ.” You cost the life of Jesus. Your ‘pricetag’ for buying your life from sin and death was unspeakably high: You cost the life of Jesus. You are indeed worth that which the Appraiser has paid for you. You are equal in value to the life of Jesus. You are worth as much as the precious blood of Jesus, poured out for you.
“For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (I Peter 1:18-19)
How valuable are you?? Take a second look this week at the cross. You are worth more than you can imagine.
Points to Ponder/Discuss: [Post your thoughts.]
- Where am I looking to discover my value? Who, other than God, do I ask to define me?
- Do I believe that I am equal in value to Christ? Is this true based on Scripture?
- Why do we as women need to know and recognize our value?
Soundtrack: [Try to download this song this week to meditate on your value. See BurnLounge link under “City Block” for downloading.]
Incorruptible by Watermark