“You are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.” I Corinthians 3:23
Going…going….gone!” The bidding was over, and the auctioneer’s gavel fell. The winning bid for a rocking chair that had been valued between $3,000 and $5,000 was $453,500.
This had been the case through the duration of the auction. A used automobile valued between $18,000 and $22,000 was sold for $79,500. A set of green tumblers valued at $500 sold to $700 went for $211,500. For four days articles of common, ordinary value were sold for wildly inflated prices. Why? The items auctioned were from the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
How do we assess value? How do we determine what is valuable to us?
As in the sale of the items of the Kennedy estate, some things are valuable solely because of the one to whom they belong. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “You were bought at a price.” (1Corinthians 6:20).
Peter wrote, “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, …but with the precious blood of Christ.” (I Peter 1:18-19). The price Paul and Peter are talking about was the price for our sin, paid by Jesus Christ in His death on the cross.
We may inflate a person’s worth because of their financial status, their influence, or their potential to benefit us; or we may say a person has no value because they have few assets or cannot help us. But the Scriptures tell us that when we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. (See Romans 5:8.) When we had no value and were even opposed to God, He paid the price to redeem our lives.
Every individual on the face of the earth is someone for whom Jesus died. Because of the great price of redemption, all people, regardless of their financial worth, are of great importance. (I might add, those with addictions or any sin).
Whenever you feel depressed and worthless, meditate on this: Your value is determined by God. He loved and valued you so much, He sent His Son to die so you could become His child. Never doubt your importance or worth!
All I could never be, all men ignored in me – this I was worth to God.
~ Robert Browning
Short story taken from Quiet Moments With God for Women.