Devotional

By Brad Phillips

 

Our culture loves to assign value to things. Everything from our home to our car to our time has some sort of value that we give to it. Time is money so the saying goes. How do we figure out what something is worth though if we don’t know? Do we check the Bluebook? Do we ask the pros? Find someone that “knows a guy”? Sometimes the best way is to put it up for sale. In a great sense, the value of something is only how much someone else is willing to pay for it. More than one person has been pleasantly surprised when their Ebay listing for some old toy ends at an almost unbelievable amount. What if I asked you what your value was? Not how much you want to be paid to work by the hour but the value of just you?

 It’s kind of an awkward thought. To consider how much we as human beings are actually worth. The answers we give would probably vary. We most likely would value ourselves fairly high—while still trying to be modest of course. Those people we don’t like we’d probably value lower. The ones that have committed the most heinous of crimes would be lower still if not worthless altogether. Probably some of us would consider ourselves to be worth nothing because that’s what others have told us. Well, it may surprise you to learn that we as human beings all hold the same value. We are just like every $1 bill issued by the United States Treasury. It doesn’t matter if the bill is wrinkled, torn, dirty or uncirculated and pristine; it is still worth every cent of $1.

 Okay, so we know now that we’re  in value but just what is that value.  Let me answer the question this way. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

 You see God saw such a great amount of value in the humanity He created that He allowed His only son to suffer and die on our behalf that we might not be lost forever. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the value ascribed to us by God the father. Read it again. The verse says “whoever believes”. This value is for all among us—not just the ones we think are worth something. God says we are ALL worth something and even worth everything. If you have ever thought of yourself or someone else as worthless, you couldn’t have been more wrong. The auction has ended, the hammer has come down and the result is in—you are priceless.

Blessings