God measures the value of a heart not by what people can do, but simply for who they are.

Exodus 30:14-15
“Everyone who is numbered in the census, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the Lord’s offering. The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when you give the Lord’s offering to make atonement for your lives.”
When sin offerings were given, the poor were allowed to give a lesser offering to atone for sin–but when a census was taken to measure the strength of the nation, every person paid the exact same amount. The rich were not of more value to the community, and the poor were not worth less.
How do I gauge the value of people? Do I see them for their infinite worth as children of God, made in His image, or do I base my estimation of their worth on what they can do for me? Christ died for those who could do nothing for him, because he sees the true worth of people. This week, I must be intentional to see the worth of people–not for what they can do, but simply for who they are as sons and daughters of God.
God, thank you for seeing value in me! Help me to value others the way that you do–not merely for what they can do for me, but simply because you made them and you love them.

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