Your Life Counts

(Romans 5:8) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

The fact that Jesus died for you should tell you about the value He places on you. And notice he did this BEFORE you became good. A lot of people think they have to earn God’s love through their performance. No. He loves you and values you just as you are.

This is a powerful truth.

We all want to feel significant. Nobody wants to be a nobody.

I wonder if this is why Americans are so enamored with celebrities. We see them as a sort of surrogate for significance. “I can’t gain notoriety through my performance or appearance, but that guy can. So I’ll attach myself to his star.”

Maybe this is the allure of American idol. 60 million watched that show. I think we did it for two reasons. We watched the early part for the disastrous performances. We’re all attracted to train wrecks and the first half of Idol was filled with them. I was amazed at how many people that cannot sing are convinced they can!

Later we started to pull for our favorites. Here are those who want to find their dream of stardom. We won’t ever be stars, so we pull for them. Like a concentration camp full of nobody’s watching a few try to climb the fence to significance. We cheer them on.

But they need to be careful. That might be the wrong fence for them. It could be just more performance centered self-esteem. People love you as long as you sing and dance well. There’s no real value in that. And we often see it in the lives of the celebrities. Not all of them, but so many seem to have even more insecurity.

I find it interesting that those who are supposed to be the most significant also have the most award shows. People’s choice, academy, golden globe, the emmy, the grammy, the American music, the dove, the country music awards, Screen actors guild, MTV awards.

Performance centered self-esteem does that to you. You are only as good as your last performance. Maybe this is where you are right now. Others are slapping you on the back, but down inside you wonder if you can keep up the pace. How long will it be until they find out you are not all that. Even worse, you’ve never been able to live up to the expectations of others. You have never been attractive enough to earn their approval.

God loves you just like you are. In fact, you are so valuable to him that his son died for you.

(John 15:13) Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

The search for significance ends at the cross.

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