A person that does not know their worth will always think less of themselves. Only God can take one from worthless to worth more. The children of God are invaluable. They are invaluable because they serve an invaluable God. The world knows your worth even if they won't tell you. We walk among those who will disarm you with a smile and then smile after they harm you.
In the book of 1 Kings, Ahab desired the vineyard of Naboth. He tried to bargain with Naboth and offered a “better” vineyard in exchange. Naboth’s vineyard was the inheritance of his forefathers so he declined the offer. Ahab retreated but Jezebel reassured Ahab that she would make things right. She wrote a letter in Ahab’s name to the elite of the city, detailing the conspiracy to have Naboth killed and signed the letter with his seal. As a result, she was able to persuade the city to put an innocent Naboth to death.
Naboth means fruits in Hebrew. Jesus Christ is the vine and we are the branches bringing forth fruit. A tree can only bear fruit when it's in the presence of light. The devil always has his eyes fixed on the fruits of the vineyard of God. His desire is either to take the vineyard by force or persuade those left in charge of it to bring forth bad fruit. The devil already knows his inheritance and the inheritance of those of the holy faith. He offers us the carnal gifts of the world in exchange only to eventually remove us from the equation.
Not for sale
Naboth denied selling his inheritance because he understood its value. When the Lord blesses us, it should not be taken for granted. Consider the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. Once the foolish virgins realized they did not posess the gift of God, they sought to buy from the wise. The wise rightfully rejected because the gift of God is not for sale. You cannot put a price to what cannot be counted. The love of money will make a godly man seek to sell God.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1 Timothy 6:10
The devil wants to make merchandise of God’s gifts. Remember Simon the sorcerer. He seemed genuine in his desire of the Holy Spirit but his heart was always on the money. This same spirit was in the Pharisees. They sought to use the words of Jesus against him and notice that money was the topic once more. Beloved, God has given us everything that we need to produce good fruit in our lives. It is important that we preserve what we have before the enemy is allowed to get involved in our business.
We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy and set apart people. We are the children of the KING OF KINGS. We have a treasure in us that the world desires. A free gift worth stealing. If our enemies are so desperate to take what's ours, it must be worth its weight in gold.
My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
Seek the Holy Spirit and hold onto it with your life. The Holy Spirit is our marker. It is our ID which sets us apart from the world. Treasure it as you would a plane ticket to a foreign destination and be sure to look out for your flight.
Verses to read
Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart.
The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace.
They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
Jeremiah 12:10 - 12:13
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
John 4:35 - 4:36
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.