Before you can discover your true value, you have to know what value is. Once you know what value is, then, and only then, can you discover your true value. You will also discover that your hardships are just a part of making you into the priceless gem God made you to be.
What is the meaning of true value? The definition of true value is, the amount that a buyer is willing to pay for an item; or in this case, an individual. We had a buyer who paid the price we couldn't pay in a thousand lifetimes. He paid the price for sin. You may ask "What IS the price of sin?" Well, the Bible clearly states that "the price for sin is death" (Romans 6:23). But, the Bible also tells us in John 3:16 that there was a God who loved us so much that He manifest himself in flesh as Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins but it wasn't just for certain people. It was for the entire world. God, manifest in Christ, forever paid the price of death when He was willing to take the sins of man to the cross and die in our place.
The Bible talks about your true value in Matthew chapter 10 "are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father. But the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows" (Verses: 29-31). If God knows the very number of hairs that are on your head, do you think you have value in His eyes? And more important, if He values you far more than the sparrows enough to die in your place, are you not valued? The world's value on you is a grain if sand compared to God's value on you. Who's matters most? You are a priceless gem and not one has the kind of love to value you the way that God values you. He knew you before you were born. (Jeremiah 1:5) The truth is, is the devil wants you to believe you have no value but God values you above anyone in this world can. You have value, potential, purpose and meaning. Most of it you will never understand and most of it you have yet to even discover.
Now you are probably asking, "how can a God who supposedly loves and values me that much allow me to be in the situation I'm in (you fill in the blank)? Truth is, the situation you are in, is just part if the process to making you in to the priceless gem. Think about it this way.. When a diamond is made, it starts off as nothing but then goes through pressure after pressure to becoming something beautiful. Just like the diamond, you go through the same process. Without Christ, we are nothing. He sends us through the pressures of life to make us into something beautiful. A diamond of priceless value. In order to be able to get through those pressures, you have to depend on Christ. In Christ, you understand your true value and how much you are worth. The pressures of life aren't because you are not lo ed or valued but, on the contrary, it's because you're lo ed and valued so highly that you go through those pressures of life. You may see only the negative side but God sees your future and the positive outcome it will have. Just trust him and depend on Him. He will see you through. Remember a diamond starts off as dust but becomes beautiful after the pressure and fire. You are a valued, priceless diamond!!