“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.
They were yours;
you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.”
John 17:6 (NIV)
Currently there is a scrap piece of paper held on the door of our refrigerator with a small magnet. If anyone found it on the street they would pick it up and deposit in in a garbage bin along the side of the road.
However, that scrap of paper is exceptionally precious to me and my wife. What is garbage to you is priceless to us. You see, one of our grandchildren took the time to paint that scrap of paper for Gramma and Grampa.
Do you see the difference in how you and we look at that piece of paper? What makes the painting precious to us is who made it, why they made it and why they gave it to us.
The person who gave us that painting that looks chaotic and senseless is dearly loved by us and enormously important to us. Because that grandchild gave us that work of art we value it very much.
The people of God are a gift from God the Father to His Son. Jesus mentions us as being given to Him by the Father several times in John 17. So from one perspective we are precious to Jesus because of Who gave us to Him.
Jesus and the Father are in perfect union and communion. They have delighted in each other eternally. So the price Jesus puts on His sheep is beyond calculation simply because they are a gift to Him from His beloved Father.
Never think you are of little value Christian friend. Jesus looks on you and His heart is filled with love because He received you from His Father’s hand. You may not have much importance in the world or even in the church—as far as other church members see it. That is not significant. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love and treasures you the same way He does any of His other people.
Get past the notion that you contribute little to the work of God. You do what you can with whatever gifting you have, and your faithful service will be counted the same as the highly gifted person’s work.
God does not need spectacular service from us—rather He desires faithful service. Consistency is treasured by the Lord. When God wished to compliment Moses He said, “Moses is faithful” (Numbers 12:7). Are you insignificant? Never! You are precious!