Inspired by Revelation 3:14-22
“For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.’ You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:17 (NRSV)
Someone who has lived in an agrarian barter economy for his entire life does not know the value of an ounce of gold. Someone who has lived according to the strict and enforceable language of legal contracts does not know the power of a handshake deal backed by a person’s honor. And those who have lived their lives in pursuit of riches and power for their own personal use and comfort do not know the inestimable value of the love of God in Christ. In their quest for monetary wealth, they have lived in ignorance of the poverty of their spirit. In their focus on the things of this world, they have failed to grasp the existence of another world. As they’ve treated other people as commodities, they’ve not recognized their own inherent worth as beloved children of God.
God has lovingly and intentionally created each and every one of us to live in his good creation. Our value to him is not based on monetary wealth or worldly power, but on his own love and grace that he’s bestowed upon us. When we refuse to acknowledge our dependence on him, we deny ourselves the experience of his love, and we impoverish ourselves beyond comprehension.
Recognize your dependence so you may recognize your worth, and experience God’s unconditional love regardless of what the world may think of you.
Let us pray. Creator God, all good things come from you. Help us to see ourselves through your eyes, that we may strive for those things that will bring us closer to you. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.