By Eryka T. Johnson
What is the worth of a life?
The exploitation of human existence has been seen in the Earth for some time now – everything from slavery, human trafficking, prostitution, and so on. The common thread in all these horrible acts is how mankind has attempted to imitate God by placing a value on human life. Sadly, in most cases, man has succeeded. This has resulted in a vast number of people not being clear on their existence and possessing a poor self-image of themselves. You may ask yourself, ‘Was this God’s original plan?’ I don’t believe so. This article will focus on understanding your worth as seen in the eyes of the One that created you.
Let’s go back to where it all began and reveal the lie that has caused such turmoil in the lives of God’s people.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:4-6)
We understand here that the serpent was cunning and full of deceit from the beginning. As well, Eve was still struggling with the idea of her being created fully in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Therefore, when presented with the opportunity to “be like God”, she instantly became foolish and discredited all that God had previously done. Her mind drew a blank on the fact that both she and Adam were already reflections of God and they had nothing more to do on Earth except have dominion and legislate. They both bought into a lie and gave to another the power to control them and dictate their worth.
How many times have you done the same? Maybe it did not happen exactly as it did for Adam and Eve. Perhaps, you were told that you would never be anything or go anyplace in life, you were told that you are to only stay in your lane because you do not have what it takes to move in the fast lane, you were told not to agree to be a speaker on the same roster as those that man consider to be “Christian celebrities”, you were told that you did not have the financial status to be considered as “a voice of God”, and the list goes on for miles.
You are everything that God has said you are. But, you must first believe it and refuse to hear the lies of any enemy. Because you are HIS handiwork and masterpiece, your life is valued far higher than man’s thoughts or perceptions of you. When faced with situations where man tries to exploit you and your value, let them know that you are a prized possession and secure in who you are. Be confident in your life’s worth and please the Father by living your best life.
Eryka T. Johnson