Far Above Rubies
All of us at one point or another will question our value. And those of us who are women are especially vulnerable to lies about our worth. The world tells us that our value is wrapped up in what we look like, how we dress, or what we think about issues they deem relevant.
But is that the truth? Is our value really dependent on our appearance or our opinions?
The Bible tells us that our worth is based not on what we look like or what we think, but on who we are. It also makes clear that we are priceless, worth more than even the most valuable things on this earth. Proverbs 31:10 says “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies” (KJV).
Let’s look at three facts about how God sees women.
Women are Image-bearers of God
In Genesis 1:27 it says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Men and women were both created in God’s image, each with their own unique role to play in the world.
What does it mean to be made in God’s image? Essentially, it means that we are created to be His representatives in the world. Part of that includes being stewards of His Creation, but it also carries a spiritual meaning as well as we see in II Corinthians 9:20: “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
We are meant to be God’s ambassadors, declaring the truth of His kingdom to the world. And that is a high calling to have.
Women are worthy of dignity and love
Jesus Himself demonstrated this truth numerous times in every interaction He had with women during His earthly ministry.
Unlike the common practices of the day to treat women as less valuable and even as property rather than people, Jesus saw them as worthy of His time and attention.
In John 4:1-42, Jesus had gone to Samaria. While there, He had a conversation with a woman who had come to the well to draw water. Never once did He speak harshly toward her. Rather, He graciously revealed her sin to her and demonstrated that He was the Messiah and the One who could fill the emptiness in her soul.
Later in John, Jesus confronted a crowd of men intent on stoning a woman caught in adultery with their own sin. He then turned around and forgave the woman and sent her on her way telling her to “sin no more” (John 8:1-11).
Women are crucial to the plotline of God’s redemptive plan
Throughout the Bible, we are presented with the stories of women who were used mightily to accomplish God’s purposes for His people and for the world.
Rahab the prostitute in Jericho became a member of the family line of King David, and thus of Jesus (Matthew 1:5).
Elizabeth was chosen to be the mother of John the Baptist, who was the one who fulfilled prophecy by preparing the way for Jesus’ earthly ministry (Mark 1:1-8). And her cousin Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-45).
Women were also the very first ones to share the good news of the Resurrection (Luke 24).
Just as these women were used by God to fulfill His purposes, so we are here to each play a unique role in His plan. He alone is the One to whom we should look for purpose and meaning. He alone has determined our value – and it is far above rubies.
Walk in your worth!