No matter what - Olivia Reid
Olivia writes a beautiful piece reflecting on the grace of God. She reminds us that even though we may be lost, or may be trapped in sin, our value to God does not change. There is always a way back to Him.
Two common parables taught in Christian circles are that of the lost sheep, and of the lost son. These stories teach us His love for us and what it means to be a child of God. Although, between these two parables, there is often one that is missed.
In Luke 15, a short three verses tells us of a women who has ten coins and loses one:
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins[a] and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke chapter 15, verse 8-10)
I believe this story truly demonstrates God’s love for us. In this story, although the woman has ten coins, the one she has lost still has value despite it being lost.
Often Christians focus heavily on the religion and rules of Christianity which can lead to shame around our sin. We believe because we are lost that we have lost all value. But this parable tells us that despite being lost, we still have value.
To believe that our sin or our situation diminishes our value to God undermines His power. He created us with value, and that will always be more powerful than any earthly situation and any sin.
God chose to send his son to die for us so that we could be forgiven because God understands the value we hold. Not only the value of what we can do for His Kingdom, but also the value that he installed in us when he knitted us together in our mother’s wombs.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalms 139, verse 13)
God doesn’t make mistakes and to believe that man-made sin can destroy God’s work ignores the Great power of His hands.
Despite being lost, we still have value.
A few months ago I read something that will forever change the way I see my relationship with God,
‘God is better at saving than you are at sinning’.
When Jesus died on the cross, He defeated sin. Who are we to deny the power of His sacrifice?
You are loved.
You have value.
You are worth saving no matter what situation you find yourself in.
No matter what you’ve done or what's been done to you. No matter what your mental health is like. No matter what your grades are. No matter how popular you are. No matter how far you’ve strayed from God. He will always search for you.
Olivia is studying a conjoint degree in film and global politics at the University of Auckland. She is a youth leader at Windsor Park and has been attending the church her whole life. She loves to connect to God through worship music and writing. // Photo: Caleb Van Essen
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