A few weeks ago I started taking my daughter through the “Habitudes” leadership series by Tim Elmore, which I highly recommend. Our most recent lesson included the following story:
“Just over forty years ago, the Golden Buddha was discovered in the city of Bangkok, Thailand. For years, a huge, ugly concrete Buddha sat in the middle of town. Visitors put empty cola cans and other trash on it; they used it to hold packages while they changed film in their cameras. Then, one day, a Buddhist priest took the old statue to his temple. In the moving process – it cracked. As the pieces began to crumble, the priest noticed something underneath the concrete shell. He gathered some helpers. They pulled the shell away. Inside they found the world’s largest chunk of sculptured gold, standing eight feet high!
Wow. For years that huge chunk of gold was there – but no one knew it. Instead, little attention was paid to the statue. It got dirty. It was used to store trash. Would this have been done had people recognized what it was storing inside? Everyone was ignorant of the valuable ‘inventory’ the concrete shell contained.
You are a lot like this concrete statue. Your real value is inside, if you would only take inventory of it.”
This story reminds me of what the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17-18: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come. All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Your value to God is immeasurable. Through Christ, God has chipped off your harsh, ugly shell to reveal the treasure you are to Him.
So, your task today is to live out of your God-given identity instead of by how others see you.
May God help you see that you are a person of great worth and value!