I spoke to someone recently who through various trials and changes in their life, had begun to question their self-worth. I have wondered myself in times past what value my life is, or what good am I to my family, my friends and society in general. I mean, I know what I've done and I know how I've failed and fallen short of the Glory of God - much better than anybody else. I think many people struggle with this question from time to time - and this post is directed specifically toward them today.
Many times these feelings are derived from a place within ourselves that feels our worth is based on
what we have to offer others. While a multitude of books could be written, and have been about how our lives should be dedicated to something greater than ourselves, (and yes, it should be) it is not what makes us who we are, or dictate what our value is.
Something is only worth what someone else is willing to give for it.
It's a very true saying that something is only worth what someone else is willing to give for it. If "Kelly blue book" says that my car is worth $10,000 but no one will offer me over $5,000 for it, then the car is only worth $5,000. If a whatchamacallit cost $1 to make, but the masses are willing to spend $100 on it - then the true value of the whatchamacallit is $100.
As easy as it is to look at our lives and see our shortcomings and began to trod down that slippery slope of depression and self-loathing, I urge you to take a minute and look at it from another perspective.
The Bible says:
2 Corinthians 8:9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Think for a moment what the Bible says in this verse. We see in that through Jesus’ unmerited favor toward us that He left the Glory of Heaven where the Angels cried unto Him saying "Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!" To literally be born into poverty (Luke 2:6-7) - even during his earthly ministry, Jesus said that He "hath not where to lay his head" (Luke 9:58). To be mocked, spitefully entreated, spat upon (Luke 18:32) falsely accused (Matthew 26:66), abandoned by both his followers (Matthew 26:56) and God the Father (Mark 15:34), beaten beyond all recognition (John 19:1-2, Isaiah 52:14) and finally after that long walk up Mt. Calvary, He was crucified between two thieves while soldiers cast lots for his garments (Luke 23:32-46; John 19:23-24).
Surely this would be a horrible ending for anybody throughout history, much less the Creator of the Universe. But the amazing thing is the why He did it. The Bible says in Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God Almighty endured all the sufferings of the Cross - because he loves you… And not only that, He loves you in spite of who you are, where you've been, or what you've done... He knows your deepest darkest secrets, those secret sins that only you know about and He STILL did it! WHAT A MIGHTY AND LOVING GOD WE SERVE!
For ye are bought with a price: - 1 Cor. 6:20a
So you see, if you want to know what you're worth - look at it through the eyes of the LORD... I His eyes, you are worth the most precious thing known unto man - and that is the blood of the only begotten Son of God! 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Now, as we think on these things, let us take them to heart and walk worthy of the vocation in which we are called. 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.