God says that not only are you accepted; you’re also valuable!
How much do you think you’re worth? I’m not talking about your net worth; I’m talking about your self-worth. Don’t ever confuse your valuables with your value as a person. You can be rich or poor, but it has nothing to do with your value as a person.
Two things determine value in life:
1. Value is what someone is willing to pay for something.
In 2016, a tiny baseball card of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Honus Wagner was sold at an auction for a staggering $3.12 million. Over 3 million! For a little piece of cardboard with a blurry portrait on it. Crazy.
It’s not a stretch to estimate that the piece of cardboard itself is worth less than $1. And the portrait wasn't anything special; it wasn’t a piece of artwork or anything, like the Mona Lisa. It’s just a picture of some regular guy, taken by a regular camera.
But because someone was enamored with the backstory, the rarity, and the novelty, they were willing to pay $3.12 million for it. So guess how much that little piece of cardboard is worth? You guessed it: $3.12 million.
2. Value depends on who has owned something in the past.
Another factor that brings value to regular objects is if someone special owned the item before. For example, the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in the movie “The Seven Year Itch” was originally bought for less than $100. But, since Marilyn Monroe wore it and previously owned it, it was sold at auction for $5.52 million.
Over 5 million! For a dress! Why? Because the owner was special, famous, beloved. Ownership by someone special makes things more valuable.
NOW. Think about you. Think of the same two determining factors for value and ask the same about yourself:
1- Who owns you?
2- What price was paid for you?
1 Corinthians 7:23a says, “You have been bought and paid for by Christ, so you belong to him…” LB
You belong to God, and Jesus paid for you with his life. The Cross proves your value. Nobody has ever paid a greater ransom than what God paid for you! You’re acceptable, and you’re valuable.