Value and worth always comes from outside, not from ourselves.
Many people invest their lives in building up value and worth in vain, not realizing it is a gift from outside. Few really know their true value and worth so it’s then impossible to live consistently with it. This undermines our hope that we can personally engage the Bible. Our life-story then becomes too small. As a Christian, do you really know the authority you carry as a beloved child of God?
So, how valuable are you anyway?
Have you thought recently about what determines value? As a teaser, how does our society measure worth?
First, E-Bay establishes value for a product at the end.
During the last minutes of timed bids, what a person is willing to pay sets the value or price for that item. What was God willing to pay for you and me? Read the passion of Jesus in the Gospels (like Mark 14-15). We have been bought with the unimaginably costly price of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no higher price that could be paid to convey the infinite love God has for us and the value He places on us.
Second, designer clothes are stamped with a name-brand to show value.
For instance, a pair of designer jeans may cost $300 and a look-a-like knockoff brand $30. What’s the difference? The designer jeans are stamped with the brand-name of the designer. Many shoppers place high value on name-brand products. What “name-brand” is stamped on you? The ultimate Designer stamped each of us with His own name…“Made by the Trinity!” We have unimaginable worth and value because He designed us and God don’t make no junk!
Third, our society places value on what is unique.
“Limited edition” attracts premium value. Which would you rather have in your hand today, one cup of water or one cup of diamonds? What makes a diamond so valuable? Water is essential for life, but diamonds are luxuries. Scarcity. Uniqueness. Now, if you were in the middle of the Sahara desert, dying of thirst, which would you rather have? The cup of water would now be of incredible value because of its scarcity. Each person born into this world (over 6 billion strong today) is a unique, one-of-a-kind treasure. There are no two people alike, not even identical twins. You have astonishing value in God’s sight because He designed you as His one-of-a-kind masterpiece, unique as a snowflake and as deeply loved as a son and daughter could be.
So, how does it feel to be a stamped-by-God, one-of-a-kind, bought-with-a-price masterpiece of the Community-God? Our Family-of-Three designed us with ultimate worth and value, image-bearer, and draws us into the intimacy of their presence.
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