But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.— Ephesians 2:4-7
The greatest obstacle to being physically handicapped is often not the condition itself but the stigma society still associates with it. Carlene Mattson shared a touching story about her handicapped son, Jeff, in an interview with Focus on the Family. She said,
“Our Lord is still in the business of changing lives, but not always in the ways we expect. Several years ago, Jeff played in a special Little League for kids with disabilities. After many seasons of watching from the bleachers and rooting while his big brother played ball, Jeff’s opportunity finally arrived. When he received his uniform, he couldn’t wait to get home to put it on. When he raced out from his bedroom, fully suited up, he announced to me, ‘Mom, now I’m a real boy!’ Though his words pushed my heart to my throat, I assured him he had always been a ‘real boy.’”
Very often, our society ascribes value to people based on their contribution to it. So many people who are limited in their capacity to contribute are thought of as less valuable. But the truth is we are valuable because of who we are, not because of how we look or what we accomplish.
Don’t base your value on what the world says. Instead, value yourself how God values you as His child because of your faith in Christ!
Thank God for the incredible value He’s placed on you through your faith in Jesus Christ!
Questions for thought
Think of some times when you’ve had feelings of “worthlessness.” What were the circumstances that brought those feelings on?
How can you remind yourself each day of your value in God’s eyes as one of His children?