Too Valuable for Suicide

The human spirit and will to live are amazingly powerful in difficult times.  Yet, some people are committing suicide because they can’t handle the economic downturn we’re in as I write.  For example, a woman in Massachusetts killed herself with her husband’s rifle just hours before her house was to be auctioned off.  Sure, money, jobs, and a home are important, but she allowed the world to dictate her value as a person. 

We’ve been so conditioned to tie our identities to our jobs that we think we’re worthless if we don’t have a job.  When you meet someone for the first time, they’re likely to ask, “What do you do?”  Who says you are your job?  A job is a means to an end, a way of providing for your family.  Losing that means of provision doesn’t make you less valuable as a person.

 We live in a culture where bankers and creditors see our worth based on a three digit credit score.  That’s a very shallow outlook on their part.  On the other hand, do you base your own worth on your credit score?  I don’t know what mine is, and I don’t center my life around it.  Don’t you have to wonder about the values of those who do?  That’s a pretty shallow outlook on their part.  We have more value than any amount of money.  Jesus told His hearers in Matt. 10:29-31, Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”   God determines our worth, not someone in the outside world.

By the way, you’re not valuable because of anything special about you.  You’re valuable because God has given you value for His purposes before the world began.  Consider Ephesians 1:3-7.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath  blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.”

I don’t know what God’s specific will is for your life, but consider the big picture in Romans 8:28-31.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”  God’s goal is that He be #1 in our lives and that we become more like Christ.  We’re created in God’s image and have no business rebelling against God by destroying ourselves by suicide.  Besides, it’s a terribly selfish act that doesn’t take the others around us into consideration.  What sort of additional psychological, financial, or other problems would your death cause for your loved ones?  Don’t give up.  Sure, things may be tough, but look to the Lord Who loves you and gives you value and hope in Christ.  Don’t let the devil’s kids get you down.

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