What Are You Worth?
By James Campbell
I am a third generation bargain hunter specializing in yard sales, flea markets, and thrift shops. Few things thrill me like finding a truly great deal, and I enjoy the thrill of the hunt! In the absence of the ability to actually seek the deal for myself, I will at times even resort to watching shows about other people finding deals on television.
Whether it is someone buying a storage container at auction, buying a home to fix up and resell, or cleaning out their attics and finding possible treasures there. Watching someone discover the worth of something simply makes me happy inside. It is not, however, always easy. Determining the actual worth of something can sometimes be an enormous challenge.
I also enjoy watching people and getting to know those around me. My wife says I rarely meet a stranger, and I have to agree. I mostly consider them friends that I haven’t met yet. I like meeting people, finding out more about them, and hearing their stories. Over the years, however, I have come to see that many of the people I meet are struggling with a gnawing feeling that they just aren’t worth that much. At times they have been told they are worthless by people who mattered to them – fathers, mothers, siblings, lovers, spouses, bosses, or any number of people.
The first tragedy is that one person would see another as having no value, but sadder still is the fact that so many people believe it when they are told they are worthless. There is around us a sea of people who truly, sincerely believe that they lack any real value. They believe that they are worthless and have nothing to offer the world.
Here is where my two worlds collide – trying to ascertain the worth of an object and trying to determine the worth of a person. For my part, I believe that determining the worth of both objects and people can be done in the same way. You see, at an auction or sale of any variety the value or worth of an object is never determined by the one doing the selling.
A seller can ask any amount they like for anything that they want…and the item can sit in their store or on their shelf indefinitely. In fact, in order to get over-priced things off of the shelves, sellers go to great lengths and numerous types of discounts, coupons, and sales. If the seller does not set the price, however, then the question becomes who does? The truth is this – the value of an item is determined by the one who pays the price to buy it. The worth of an item is ultimately determined by the price that is paid. This is also true for us as human beings.
The world will try to discount and devalue you. It will tell you that you are worthless, or at the very least, that you must earn your own way and make yourself valuable to others in order to be valuable. It will tell you that you are only worthy of love if you earn that love. It will lie to you and we shouldn’t be surprised at that. After all, Satan is the father of lies. The truth, however, is this-neither Satan nor this world gets to decide what you are worth.
Your worth was determined by the One who paid the price for you. 1 Corinthians 7:23 says, “You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men”. Christ gave Himself in order to purchase us off of the auction block of slavery to sin and certain death. What greater worth could we possibly have? Who could have paid more?
How about you today? Who have you been listening to when considering what you are worth? What voices have been calling out miniscule bids while you wept on the auction block? What have you believed about your own value in a world that seems to value people so little?
My prayer for you today is this – that you will see yourself as the Father sees you and that you will find your worth in Him. He has paid the price for you, and He loves you more than you could possibly fathom.
May you find your worth in Christ alone, the One who loved you enough to pay the supreme price for you.