Jewel's Worth

February 7, 2019
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1 Corinthians 3:1-2a – And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it. (NKJV)

"What, no mirror?" Pride chided Jewel. Jewel loathed mirrors! Just seeing her reflection would stir within her the haunting voices that had plagued her since childhood: "We wish you were never born." "You deserve every bad thing that happens to you." "Who do you think is ever going to love you?" "You'll never amount to anything." "You are useless, ugly, and stupid!"

Only once in her life had Jewel experienced unconditional love: the day that Jesus saved her.

Sadly, after salvation, Jewel never delved into the Word of God or attended church, thus never discovering her birthright as an overcomer in Christ.

Fear, Pride, Torment, and Anxiety were her constant companions and continued to hold her captive. They always took the liberty of inviting Self Pity, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts to drop in.

Jewel had listened to the demeaning voices for so many years that she truly believed that everything they said about her was true. She had turned into a recluse — though occasionally, she would venture outside to tend her garden.

Digging in her garden one day, she found a metal box with a Bible and a letter inside:

    I know you like to garden
    So I put this message here
    You see I want so very much
    To free you from your fears.

    Remember when I saved you?
    Your salvation was brand new
    You vowed to always serve me
    But in my Word you never grew.

    I've tried to get your attention, but in your silent pain, you choose to ignore and disregard Me. Your thoughts are always fixed on your imperfections.

    The day when I saved you, I looked forward with great anticipation and joy to see you grow and mature in My Word, and ultimately be conformed to My image.

    Sadly, my beautiful Jewel, you are still what I refer to as a babe in Christ, feeding on milk when you should be ready for solid food.

    You are still allowing the voices of your past to dictate and characterize who you are. You have not yet learned what it means to be a new creation.

    Everything you need to live a victorious life is found in the Bible, My love letter to you. However, you must read it. You must study it. You need to know the Scriptures and the power of God.

    Jewel, I love you so much, and I want to know: Are you ready to flourish in your walk of faith, blossoming in My grace, immersed in My knowledge?

Holding the letter tightly in one hand and the Bible in the other, Jewel bowed her head and prayed earnestly, "Yes, Lord Jesus, I am ready."

Many people who receive Jesus Christ as Saviour have a hard time moving forward in their spiritual walk due to low self-esteem. Now saved, they need to know their true worth in the eyes of Christ.

Wherever we may personally be in our walk with God, may we desire to explore His Word and strengthen our relationship with Christ.

Prayer: Lord, help us to invest time, interest, and study of Your Word that we may grow in You and that our minds may be continually transformed and renewed. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Touching story, Cheremiah.

    And the truth… of the Word will set you free!

    Another great post Cheryl. Thanks. Blessings to you!

    Thank you so much, Cheryl, for a wonderful devotion.

    Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing your hope and faith today.

    Thank you, Cheryl, for this reminder of our worth in God’s sight.

    Thank you, Cheryl, for sharing this devotional with us today. Blessings.

    Hello my friend
    Powerful and so good to know this stuff as new Christians. God bless,

    Thank you, Cheryl, for a good devotion.
    You have gotten me to open my eyes to see others.

    Thank you for the right on track devotional. I surely needed this prodding as I have an online bible study I am falling behind in. It is far easier to procrastinate with online studies, so I appreciated the reminder.

    Dear Cheryl,
    Many thanks for another beautiful devotional. Always a pleasure to read your contributions. Presently holidaying!
    (Ecuador, South America)

    Thank you for your devotional. It surely illustrates what can happen so easily, what is the source of the letter and story. It is touching and has a strong message for developing a strong discipline of claiming the truth of God’s Word for building up the inner man – making for a strong heart in overcoming the stress of the outward world.

    Thank you. I have piano students that struggle with low self-esteem. I can’t share the Bible with them at work, but… I can listen to their cry and laments … And be there for them and pray for them. I do my best to be a positive role model with positive reinforcement.
    Praise the good Lord for your message today. It is needed for people of all ages!

    Dear Cheremiah,
    I could not take my eyes off what I was reading. I was riveted. This was me, many years ago. How blessed we are to learn who we are in Christ. How blessed we are to have the milk of the word, and the greater blessing is to mature. What a journey to become transformed into Christ’s likeness. Nothing can compare! What a devotion.

    Dear Cheryl – I just finished reading this morning’s devotion and want to thank you for such a powerful message! It has convicted me to be more intentional to study God’s word. I read these devotions, as well as another, daily. They are such a blessing in my life. Those of you who share these messages are truly a gift from God!!
    May God richly bless you and your family.
    I have saved today’s devotion and also plan to print it to share with our Bible Study groups.

    Dear Cheryl,
    That is a wonderful, poignant, and all-too-true story. Thank you for sharing it and the hope it contains!

    Hi Cheryl
    Early this Friday morning I was doing just that, studying the Bible before going to my Bible Class at the local long term care centre as I do twice a month. I really like your poem and your prayer.
    Thank you for writing.

    Dear Cheremiah,
    I love the great illustration your words always portray. I pray the Lord will help us see ourselves and others through His eyes!

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