“He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession” (James 1:18, NLT).

We are social creatures, made for relationship and our desire to be loved and accepted is strong. A sad fact of life for some is knowing they came into this world unwanted. We all struggle with this in some degree, don’t we? The effects of being unwanted and unloved become evident as we try to find acceptance and a place to belong, ironically and often in socially unacceptable and sometimes devastating ways.

One thing we can always count on is knowing we are wanted by God. He chose to create humanity and chose us to be his before time began. We are wanted and loved more than we can imagine, so much that we are God’s prized possession. For us, having something we prize can warp our personalities and cause us to act a little crazy, trying to hold onto it. To be God’s prized possession means we are cherished and treasured, valued beyond price. He has already shown how much by giving his own cherished son, his life for our life. A little crazy? Maybe from our point of view, but thankfully he loves us that much.

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