Treat Every Person as God's Masterpiece
“Treat everyone you meet with dignity” (1 Peter 2:17 The Message).
You are infinitely valuable to God. God created you. Jesus died for you. God puts his Spirit within you. And God wants you to be with him forever in eternity. That’s quite an investment God has made in you! He would not have done that if you were not of the greatest worth to him.
There are two things that make something valuable. The first is who made it. There’s a huge difference in the value of a Fabergé egg decorated with diamonds and the eggs you dye at Easter with your kids.
“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). God doesn’t create junk. God created you, and you are good! Before you were born, God planned out your purpose and who he wanted you to be. He does not make mistakes.
The value of something is also determined by what someone will pay for it.
How much is your house worth? It’s worth whatever anybody will offer. How much is a piece of art worth? Only what somebody’s willing to pay for it.
How much are you worth? Jesus Christ was willing to give his life: “He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” (1 Peter 1:19 TLB). If you ever doubt your worth, just look at the cross. Jesus was willing to pay the ultimate price for you. That’s how precious you are to him.
Jesus wants you to treat others as if they have the same value as you—because they do. God created everyone, and Jesus died for everyone. Every person in your life is precious to God, and he loves them unconditionally.
The way you love others will show them just how valuable they are to God.
Talk It Over
What changes about the way you see yourself when you understand just how valuable you are to God?
Why is it difficult to sometimes see others as God’s masterpiece? What will help you keep a right view of others?
What does it mean to treat others with dignity and respect?
This devotional © 2020 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.