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Do You Know the Value of What You Have?
By Victoria Osteen - Mar 05, 2013
I read a story one time about a man who lived in a tiny apartment and died in extreme poverty. At one point in his life, he had been homeless and living on the streets. This man never had any successes or notoriety to speak of. He lived and died as just another face in the crowd.

After the funeral, some family members went to his little run–down apartment to clear out his few belongings. There was a painting that had been hanging on his wall for many years, which they decided to sell in a garage sale. A woman thought it was interesting, so she bought it and took it to a local art gallery for an appraisal. Much to her complete shock, the painting was extremely valuable. The piece of art that hung for so many years in that little run–down apartment was painted by a famous artist who lived in the early 1800s. The woman decided to auction off that painting and ended up selling it for several million dollars.

Just think how that poor man’s life might have changed if he had known the value of what he possessed. He was a multimillionaire and didn’t even know it. In the same way, so many people today are living with priceless treasure inside, and they aren’t even aware of it. Sometimes, we have to appraise what’s on the inside of us in order to really understand the value of what we have.

As a believer, the Holy Spirit of God dwells in you–the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead! That’s a treasure of great value! You have inside of you everything you need to accomplish what God has placed in your heart. Today, don’t settle for living a mediocre existence. See yourself the way God sees you. Every morning when you get out of bed, remind yourself, I am a masterpiece. I am handpicked by God, and I have treasure inside of me.

Remember, you are an original–you’re not meant to be like everyone else; God designed you the way you are for a specific purpose. Everything about you is unique, and every detail about you matters. Receive His love today because His love isn’t based on your performance; it’s based on who He is. He never changes, and His love never changes. You belong to Him, and you are His most amazing work of art!

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”"(2 Corinthians 4:7, NKJV)
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