As Bill Johnson has pointed out so many times, if the value of something is what one is willing to pay for it, and the Father paid Jesus for you, how much value do you have in His eyes?
It helps to personalize what the Bible says because we often read it like an irrelevant nursery rhyme. Take the most famous passage of all, John 3:16. Most people have seen it thousands of times, but do we really see the Father’s heart in it? Let me personalize the first part of it for you to show you what I mean…
“Our heavenly Father (God) so loved ______ (insert your name) that He gave what was most valuable to Him, His only begotten Son, Jesus…”
How much do you think the eternal God of heaven values Jesus? A lot? Or should we say, infinitely? So, let’s try to do the math. If He values Jesus infinitely, and He paid Jesus for you, what is your value to Him? See what I mean? And for me to quip that “God doesn’t make junk” would be such a cheap, superficial understatement in this light.
And what kind of God is this that would do such a thing for you and me? A God who is love.
And who do you think doesn’t want you to know this? Who wants to place blame, twist and distort God’s character and try to convince you He’s something else? Yeah, the bad guy downstairs. So let’s stop agreeing with his lies and start seeing the real God who loves you and values you this much.
All through Scripture God is revealing His love and desire for us to know Him and understand what He thinks about us. And, by the way, He thinks about you all the time. David understood this. He found out that God’s thoughts toward him, and us, are like the sand (Ps.139:17-18). How much sand is there?
Think about this. The only thing we see the angels in heaven rejoicing over in Scripture is when a wayward heart turns toward this God (Lk.15:7, 10). You see, they know what your Papa God is like…and what He’s after.
You are the “lost coin” that this Love searches everywhere for, because you have such great value. And He won’t stop until He finds you. (Lk.15:8-10)
God is the Prodigal Father who waits for both of his orphan-hearted sons, whether they be rebellious or religious, to live in His embrace where they can intimately know this Love (Lk.15:11-32). He waits to see if you will turn toward Him. And when you make even the slightest overture, He runs toward you and throws His arms around you, to kiss you, to honor you, to restore your dignity and purpose and destiny as a royal heir of the greatest Kingdom of all. Because He gave everything for you.
Yes, This Father God bankrupted heaven for you. We see this is in a very misunderstood parable of Jesus in Matthew 13.45-46.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Mt.13:45-46)
Okay, who is the “merchant” here? Right, the “kingdom of heaven” (or God). Who are the “beautiful pearls?” Yes, you! (Did you think you could buy heaven, even if you sold all you had?) So, who is seeking who? The Father is seeking you. You are God’s “pearl of great price” because He paid the highest price for you. Our orphan-hearted religion has turned this around and we’ve been robbed of knowing God’s heart for…us.
You have great value, beloved child of God. Run to your Father and receive His embrace. He’s smiling over you and He can’t stop thinking about you. You’re His pearl of great price.