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Do You Feel Plutoed?

Value (True Worth) Self-image Encouragement

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-01-24

Scripture: Galatians 2:20 ; Ephesians 1:7

Author: Neal Pollard
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Poor Pluto. First, it’s a planet and then it’s not anymore. It has become the Rodney Dangerfield of our solar system. In an award-winning move that probably did not make the “sub planet” feel better, the term “plutoed” was declared the Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society in Anaheim, California, a little over a decade ago. The word means “to demote or devalue someone or something.”

APPLICATION

Do you ever feel “plutoed”? Do you feel like people don’t appreciate you like they should? You may get that feeling on the job, when you’re working harder than anyone else and somebody else gets the credit, the promotion, and the attention. You may get that feeling in your marriage or in the home, whether you’re the husband, wife, parents, or children. You may even sometimes feel “plutoed” by the church. Maybe you feel that your difficulties or problems are being ignored. You might think your contributions or ideas are not taken seriously enough. I’m sure elders, deacons, preachers, Bible class teachers, their spouses, along with everyone else, has to deal with that “plutoed” feeling periodically.

Will you remember a few things? First, remember the value God placed on your soul by sending Jesus to die to save it (Galatians 2:20). Second, remember that God’s system of rewarding is on His time and His terms, but He will not let faithful service go unnoticed or unblessed (Matthew 6:4, 6, 16). Third, remember that you are valuable because of who you are, a child of God (1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:5-6). Finally, remember your obligation to help everyone around you feel valued. Afterall, isn't that the way you prefer to be treated? (Luke 6:31). It’s the Christ-like way (Acts 10:38). There are plenty of people around you who are sorely in need of being “de-plutoed," even as God has uniquely equipped you for the task (1 Corinthians 12:8-12). 

Experience the value that God has attributed to you by showing it to all those for whom Christ died. 

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). 

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:18-19). 

The Great Christmas Goat

Christmas Jesus' Love Self-image

Source: "Gävle 'a city in sorrow' after giant Christmas goat goes up in flames, again,” published CBC.ca, "As It Happens with Carol Off and Jeff Douglas," November 28, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-03

Scripture: Romans 8:35 ; Ephesians 3:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Carol Off and Jeff Douglas with CBC Radio report:

Every year, a giant straw Christmas goat appears in the town square in Gävle, Sweden. And almost every year, someone sets it on fire. 

… On Sunday night, the goat was set alight only hours after the town held its official welcome party.

This year it wasn't supposed to happen.

Authorities in the town had installed security cameras around the beloved goat. Two guards were hired to watch the giant straw animal.

 "One of the guards went to the toilet," says Gävle goat spokesperson, Marie Wallberg. "Then the perpetrator took advantage of this opportunity."

The Gävle goat has been installed in the town centre for 50 years, and has been burned down 35 times.

"Every year we hope that he is going to stay with us," says Wallberg. "Sadly, he often turns to fire."

… Meanwhile, there is a campaign to raise money to build another Gävle goat before Christmas.

APPLICATION

A big part of the problem here is that the folks at Gävle insist on constructing their giant Christmas goat out of straw.  You would think that after having it lit on fire and burned to the ground 35 times, they would have made an adjustment by now.

This begs the question, have you allowed yourself to be burned again and again? What vulnerabilities do you continue to leave out there, despite the pain it has caused you again and again?

This is what happens when we allow the opinions and actions of people to mean too much to us. Like dry straw, our self esteem is left to the destructive whims of others. 

Don’t allow disrespect or mistreatment by others to send you up in smoke. Fortify yourself by placing more importance on what God thinks of you. 

God sent His Son into this world because He loves you and values you above all else. 

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?" (Romans 8:35). 

"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God" (Ephesians 3:19, NLT). 

What's a Dirty, Soiled, Sullied Twenty Dollar Bill Worth

Self-image Self-worth Eternal Security

Source: "This Guy Uses $20 Bill To Explain How Much You’re Worth" published YouTube.com Dec 3, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-18

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:19 ; John 10:29

Author: Unknown (Video Author) / Illustration Exchange
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The following brief video is a fantastic object lesson to illustrate the value of each and every human being, regardless of their past ...

CLICK HERE to view video.

If you do not wish to show the video, simply use a $20 bill as a visual, then go on the explain its value, as in the video.

APPLICATION

You are far more valuable than a $20 bill. You have been purchased with the price of the life of the very Son of God!

And know this, God will cling to you far tighter than the man in the video clings to his $20 bill. Why? "Because," God says, "you're mine!"

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:19).

"My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand" (John 10:29)

Hell Defined

Hell Self-image God's Love

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2015-12-08

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:6 ; 1 Corinthians 13:12

Author: Jean-Paul Sartre / Illustration Exchange
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Mom Helps Daughter See Past Her Scars

Motherhood Bully (Bullying) Self-image

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-05-07

Scripture: Matthew 7:5 ; Luke 6:42

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Beautiful or Average, You Choose

Beauty Self-image Women's Concerns

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2015-04-13

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Looking Up From the Dust

Devotional Thoughts Humility Self-image

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-01-05

Scripture: 1 John 4:11

Author: John Bunyan / Martin Lloyd Jones
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A Name Change

Salvation Justification (Positional) Self-image

Contributed By: Gregory Ealey | Date Posted: 2014-12-06

Scripture: Revelation 19:8

Author: Gregory Ealey
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Seeing Ourselves In 2 Dimensions

Self-image Spiritual Blindness Marriage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-26

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12 ; James 1:19

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Reflection We Cannot Deny

Self-image Beauty God's Image

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-03-13

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3

Author: Rebecca Zamer/Illustration Exchange
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