From rags to riches
The Bible is full of narratives of people who have been taken from poverty and have been elevated to places of wealth and high rank: David from minding sheep to king of Israel; Esther, an orphaned Jewish girl, to wife of the king of Persia; the Moabitess, Ruth, to grandmother of King David; the Canaanite harlot, Rahab, to a part of Jesus’ genealogy; the shepherd Amos to prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel. The list could go on and on.
God delights in taking the humble and elevating them and indeed, He promises blessings of such abundance when you trust in Him: “Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, you will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold” (Psa. 68:13).
You may be small in the eyes of man but God has plans for you, His beloved. You may be plain and unsightly, impoverished and poor, lonely and dejected but God will make you beautiful beyond compare.
The greatest man who ever walked on earth was born in a manger to poor parents from the despised village of Nazareth so that you could be saved. You didn’t deserve to be forgiven or saved, you were “dead in transgressions” (Eph. 2:4-5). You were as lost as you could be.
You “were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Tit. 3:3-7).
You have been redeemed, or bought back, in the kindness and love of God by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. You have been washed, cleaned and renewed by the Holy Spirit.
Your story is one of exchanging the rags of sin and shame for the riches that come through redemption. You have been elevated.
(All quotes from the NKJV).