What Are You Worth?
A very simple statement that can be underappreciated and overlooked is this, "God is the creator of all things." We may say this often, or hear it often to some degree, but do we really stop and think about its significance? God has created us all and provided us life (Gen. 2:7). He has created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1), light (Gen. 1:3), day and night (Gen. 1:5), wet land and dry (Gen. 1:9), along with everything in this life. With all that God has done for us, the question is introduced, "If He has made all things, how valuable am I then, just another human?" This question can be answered by the Word of God.
Put simply, what is each person worth in the eyes of God? Firstly, each one is worth enough to God that He would send His only Son down from the glories of heaven to live as man and die for each individual. God deemed that each person's soul is worth the death of His Son, as well as the hope we have that came through His death. No dollar amount can be put on the worth of an individual's soul (Matt. 16:26), but what we see from Christ's sacrifice on the cross is that the worth of each person in God's perspective is significantly high. Enough so, in fact, that Christ died for us.
What else are we, as humans, worth? Another way this question can be answered is by looking at the rest of God's own creation. Matthew 6:26 tells us that we are of much more value than the rest of God's creation here on earth, because He has provided for us an immortal soul, as well as a plan of redemption to be saved from our past sins. Of all of God's creation here on earth, we are at the top. While every animal and human both have blood to sustain us, and a heart too, only humans contain an immortal soul, and eternal life will only be for mankind. In the final analysis, our immortal soul is all we have (Eccl. 5:15-16; 12:7). How valuable is that?
A great example of a man who could have considered himself less valuable because of his actions in persecuting the church is Paul. Paul, despite persecuting Christ's own church, finally came to the conclusion that God saw worth in him, even though he did things hostile to God and His purpose (1 Tim. 1:12-13). Self-depreciation can potentially be a problem, especially after considering one's own sinful ways. Rather than having low self-esteem and no appreciation of your individual worth, let us be like Paul, who glorified and honored God in acknowledgment and appreciation of his worth. Let us also see from this point that God sees value, worth, and potential in us all, no matter who we are or where we have come from! What a blessing that is to know!
We have a God who cares for us (1 Pet. 5:7). We have a God who will never leave us (Heb. 13:5). We have a God who loves us enough and sees enough worth in us that He would send down His only Son to die for us (Gal. 2:20). Let us value and see worth in ourselves as God does and has shown throughout the ages. We must not take this point too far the other way, however, and be self-righteous or think to highly of ourselves. Rather, we must simply see value in ourselves and thank the Lord for such worth.
By Tanner Bass
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