Are you like me? Does your worth sometimes get a bit tied up in what you do? So you finish a certain project, like making 3 CDs by the time you’re 40, and you start to think what’s the point anymore? Particularly if your health isn’t 100%, you can wonder why you’re still here. Wouldn’t it be less of a drain on resources if you weren’t? And less of a concern for other people? If you voice these feelings to a doctor, they might put you down as being depressed and offer you medication, but this homesickness for heaven is normal for the Christian; at least, I know it’s not unique to me. “I want to leave this life and be with Christ, which is much better,” says Paul to the church at Philippi, “but you need me here in my body.” Perhaps Paul’s worth was tied to his performance too.
Have you ever thought about Jesus coming up out of the water after His baptism, and what God said to Him? “You are My Son, whom I love” – not ‘You are a good carpenter’; ‘You are the One who’ll go on to do miracles and save My people’. God didn’t base Jesus’ value on His next project, or on what He’d done before. It was based on their relationship.
“He came to the world that was His own, but His own people did not accept Him. But to all who did accept Him and believe in Him He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:11-12). When you accept Jesus, you become God’s child. You’re precious in His sight not because of your performance, but because of who you are (cue the song by Casting Crowns).
On World Mental Health Day, I just want to tell you how valuable you are to the God who made you.