We hold items precious, not necessarily because of their intrinsic monetary value, but because of the emotional and situational value: a ring given by a lover, a home run ball caught from your favorite player, a homemade birthday card from your child.
What we hold precious, we wouldn’t trade for the world. But something I hold precious might not be precious to you. As the saying goes: one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
But have you ever thought about what God holds precious? What does God, who created the universe, and who owns all things in it, hold precious? Of the millions of billions of things God could hold precious, the answer may surprise you.
What is precious to God is a woman who lives her life in the way God intended. Peter writes: “Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit.” And then he adds: “which is precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet 3:1-5).
A woman who lives out her womanhood as God intended, that is what God holds precious. And what God holds precious ultimately matters.
If you are a woman who lives out your womanhood as God intended, you are precious in the sight of God. Women, young or old, never be ashamed, fearful, or apologetic for living out your womanhood as God intended it to be. As you live as God has called you to live, you are precious to him.
What does it look like to live as God intended? You can find more in the teaching series here.