How to determine your value to God (or what losing half my salary taught me)

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God looked over everything he had made;
        it was so good, so very good!
    It was evening, it was morning—
    Day Six.

In October last year, my boss and HR manager sat me down and told me that the company was going through tough times, and that in order to survive everyone would need to take a salary cut. 

They asked me to take almost a 50% reduction in pay. 

I knew that the new figure would just cover my living costs. It would mean no room for luxuries at the end of the month. Added to that my husband and I had just bought a new property that needed a lot of renovation and that was already going to put us under financial pressure. 

On the plus side, it would mean that my working hours would be halved, freeing up more time to deal with the renovations, and to start working as a freelance social media manager. 

This salary cut came as a shock to me because I never knew how much I connected what I did with how I saw myself. 

Being told that I was no longer worth half my salary to my company made me have to reflect on my own self worth. 

Somehow over the last 10 years of my career I had come to think that being paid more money meant that I was better human. 

The implications of this are huge and I hope to you, obviously untrue. When my first reduced salary was paid into my account, I was still the same person. 

Over the last few months I’ve had to wrestle with how to determine my worth. And I’ve come to this conclusion: 

My value isn’t found in my salary. (tweet this)

The number written on a pay slip at the end of the month does not determine our worth in society, God has already determined our worth. 

What other people say about your family, your choices or your lifestyle does not determine your worth. 

How other people treat you because of your language, culture or race does not determine your worth. 

I – and every other human – has value simply because God created us, because Jesus chose to die for us. 

As I went through the bible I found the truth of this over and over from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 

In Genesis 1:31, after the biblical description of God breathing life into people, before they have done anything, the bible says, 
God looked over everything he had made; 
it was so good, so very good!

Adam and Eve had done nothing. 
They hadn’t achieved a single thing. 
Neither had they proved themselves capable of doing anything.

God pronounced them as good, as valuable, as having worth, not because of anything they did but because of who he made them to be. 

We have worth not because of anything we have done but because of who created us.

I’ve been trying to let this truth sink in the last few months:
I have value simply because God created me. (tweet this)

Still not convinced? Here are a few more verses where that speak about our worth to God: 
You are worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31)
You are worth dying for (Romans 5:8)

Ponder: What lies have you believed about your worth? 

Prayer: Lord, thank you that my value is not found in money or status but in you. Thank you for making me and calling me good while I had nothing to offer. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for me. Help me to believe these truths in my heart and live them out with my hands. Amen.

You can read the other 3 things losing half my salary taught me in this article I wrote for

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