You are precious in God’s eyes.
You are Precious to God.
Do you know that you are precious to God? You are.
Do you believe this truth?
It is a fact that you are precious to God. It is not an opinion or an assumption. It is a TRUTH.
What the Bible says about how precious we are to God
Take a moment and look at what God has to say to us in the Bible about how we are precious to Him:
“you are precious in my eyes…” Isaiah 43:4
22 “And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; Who fosters men’s growth from their mother’s womb, and fashions them according to his will! 23 May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you” Sirach 50: 22-24
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” Jeremiah 1:5
“Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him may not die but may have eternal life.” John 3:16
Now, I just want to make a note here. I do not like when people misquote the Bible, so I want to explain these passages. Yes, some of these passages above were God’s words to the Israelites as a whole and to specific people (like Jeremiah). Still, God loves ALL of us. He fashioned each of us from our mother’s womb. God called each of us to Him from before we were born. He loves us so much He died for us. These words of God apply to all of the people He has created, including us now, because He loves us all and wants the same things for each of us: to return His love and live with Him in Heaven.
The words God uses in these passages are direct and to the point. He tells you that you are precious to Him. He tells you specifically that He created you and looked out for you while you were in your mother’s womb.
God knew you before you were even born! He knows the mission and purpose He has given to you.
God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for your sins so that you may have eternal life with Him in Heaven.
Do you believe Him? Do you take these words from God into your heart and trust Him to mean what He says?
Remember that God does not say that we have to earn His love. He freely gives His love.
God is trustworthy.
Are you wondering if God’s words really apply to you? Do you feel unworthy of them? Or do you feel humbled and greatful? Are you inspired to live a life more united to God? Do you want to follow Him more closely and learn even more about Him?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
God is trustworthy. If He says you are precious in His eyes, you are. You do not need to doubt this for one second.
God’s love is so incredible, that sometimes it can feel overwhelming. Yet, He loves you. He calls you to Him. He wants for you to understand that you are precious to Him and that He loves you beyond your comprehension.
Feel God’s love in your heart.
Think about the love God has for you. Reread the Bible passages. Take a few moments to close your eyes and become aware of God’s great love for you. Feel His love in your heart as well as understand it with your mind.
It is an inviting love, isn’t it? God’s love is inclusive, welcoming, embracing, and complete. His love for you is so unconditional, that He died for you.
Respond to God’s inviting love.
God’s love is inviting. He invites you into His heart. He invites you into His presence, especially in the Eucharist.
When you contemplate God’s great love for you, do you yearn to love Him back even more that you already do? Do you want to snuggle in the strength and comfort of His embrace? Do you want to cry as He holds you? Perhaps you want to shout from the rooftops about His great love and tell everyone you know about Him, about His love for you, and about His love for them.
Acknowledging God’s love for you and accepting it can sometimes be challenging. God is the God who created the universe, and He loves you. He died for you.
God loves you on purpose. It is not an accident or oversight. He knows exactly what He is doing. Yes, He loves you on purpose. You are precious in His eyes.
Accept your identity.
Two ways to respond to God’s great love for you are to accept who you are in His eyes-a precious child whom He loves dearly-and to love Him in return. Love Him with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love Him with all that you are.
Even if you think you don’t love Him enough, love Him all you can. Your all is enough. And it will grow.
Live your identity.
Accepting who you are as a beloved child of God is important. When you accept this identity, you can then live this identity. Living your identity as a precious child of God can transform you and transform the life you choose to live.
Let Jesus Christ be your example. He lived His identity to the best of His ability. He went into the desert more than once to spend time alone in prayer so He would know what to do in His mission on earth and so that He would have the strength to do it. Jesus was not always content with what He had to do, yet He did what the Father asked of Him. He trusted God and followed Him completely.
When you know in your heart and mind that you are precious to God and when you trust in God completely, you have a confidence only God can give you. You will have a spark in you that will light your way.
Do not be afraid.
“It is the Lord who marches before you; he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you. So do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
God is with you always. When you feel like you are overflowing with His love, He is with you. When you are feeling down and alone, He is with you. When you have doubts and fears, He is with you. When your confidence in your own love for Him diminished, He is with you.
Don’t let fear or doubt interfere with your efforts to accept and live your identity as a precious child of God. God is with you every step of the way. He is at your side, loving you, encouraging you, and helping you. Trust in him. Lean on Him. Meet Him in the sacraments and in prayer. He is always available to you.
Live one day at a time.
God has created you for a purpose. He will show you this purpose and will help you to fulfill it well. He will be with you each step of the way.
Some people, like Joan of Arc, had a purpose that was a very public one. Other people, like St. Gianna Beretta Molla, had a purpose to love God and her family each day to the best of her ability. Both of these women let the light of Christ shine in them. Both of them said “Yes!” to God and followed Him. Their paths were not easy, but they found great joy in living for God and following Him.
Both of these women loved completely. That is what God wants for us: to love Him and to love others. As people of God, in this, we find our general purpose. As a unique individual, God will let you know how best to love others, whether it be publically, like St. Joan, or privately, like St. Gianna.
You are precious to God; follow Him.
Each day, follow God. Follow God with love and with confidence. Know in your heart and in your mind that you are precious to Go. Live this truth every day and you will draw closer to God and to the specific mission He has for you.