Three ways God demonstrates you matter. Scripture tells us specifically in I Peter 5:6-7 that we matter to God.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (ESV, 1 Peter 6-7)
The Greek word for “cares” in V.7 is mĕlō, which means to be of interest to, to concern, it matters. In other words, you matter to God.
Why is this significant? Maybe because we sometimes push the importance of work ethic too far. And measure personal value by our level of productivity. I’ve encountered many people that retired and then struggled with a sense of purpose and self-worth. Probably because so much of their self-worth came from professional accomplishments.
However, God does not love us based on our performance. But on who we are. And who you are matters to him.
Here are three ways He also demonstrates it.
Three ways God demonstrates you matter. You are His unique creation
There are around eight billion people on earth. All with a strand of DNA–the blueprint that makes up who we are. And unless you are an identical twin, your genetic code is distinct from every other person on earth.
Cool science to know, but it’s not new. David made the same point thousands of years ago.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (ESV, Psalm 139:13-14)
You are not a cosmic accident or a copy of anyone else. But rather, a uniquely formed and individually crafted masterpiece of God. He loves you for who you are, not what you can do.
Three ways God demonstrates you matter. He makes a provision for the sin that separates you from Him
Genesis records that when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit it was disobedience to God. Therefore, sin entered the world and spread like a cancer affecting the entire planet and population. Scripture says we are all guilty of sin and separated from God because of it.
This is where God could have called it wrap. Scrapped everything and started over from scratch. Instead, he made a provision to redeem us from sin.
God sent his son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our sin. Through Jesus we are forgiven and restored in our relationship with God.
God is building you an eternal home
God’s desire is for us to live with him for eternity. It was the original plan and when sinned spoiled it, he sent Jesus as plan B. But you have to respond to Jesus. You have to intentionally ask and receive his forgiveness. And then follow him.
And the best part? God is preparing an eternal home for you.
God says you matter. He demonstrates you matter. And he’s looking forward to meeting you. But here’s the question: Are you ready to meet him?