Have you ever wondered what you’re worth?
Not the bottom line after you’ve add all your assets and deduct all your debts, or the difference between what you make and what you spend. But rather what you are worth as a person.
I got up close and personal with this question when our financial advisor asked us to consider how much life insurance to purchase for me. When I resigned from the Army I became a full time stay at home mommy. I had once out-earned my husband, but at that point I was contributing nothing to our family finances. So we were basically assigning a dollar amount to my contributions as a wife and mother.
We discussed what resources my husband would have to sub-contract should I die. It was a little disheartening to be reduced to the monetary value of my duties – nanny, maid, short order cook, laundry service.
It was even more disturbing to realize the coverage required to fill the void my death would leave in our family was only a fraction of the policy we carry on my husband. And it decreased over time as our children gained more independence and self-sufficiency.
My Worth in the World
That’s when I began to consider my worth in this world.
Earning a paycheck once seemed to shout to the world that I was worthy. Since I wasn’t earning an income, I assumed I wasn’t worth much. But our worth to God isn’t measured in any earthly currency.
He doesn’t care how many zeros are on our pay stubs or how much money we have in the bank or what we have invested in retirement funds.
The kingdom of God isn’t an exclusive country club for the filthy rich. Far from it in fact.
Over and over again Jesus reminds us how hard it is for the wealthy to see the Kingdom of God. He calls us to give all that we have to the poor (Luke 18:22). Our Savior applauds the destitute widow’s minuscule deposit into the offering while chiding the rich men for their proportionally tiny contributions (Mark 12:41-44). The Messiah says it is harder for a rich man to get into heaven that for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (Matthew 19:24).
Because those with earthly wealth too often house their hearts here instead of in heaven.
But earthly wealth doesn’t equate to eternal worth.
What Makes Us Valuable?
So where do we find our value?
In the things money can’t buy.
We are worth more than the money we make.
Sometimes paintings are worth more because of who previously owned them. An article about the documentary The World’s Most Expensive Paintings reports, “A painting previously owned by David Rockefeller, an example covered in the lower half of the top ten list, can and does fetch considerably more than a comparable piece without the same ownership track record.” Not because they are more beautiful or the paints used were more expensive or the frame gilded. Not necessarily because the artist was well known or overly skilled. But because of who previously possessed them.
I have three ragged old oil portraits sitting in my garage. I’m not even sure who the people in them are, but I salvaged them from my daddy’s house in Florida after he died. I remember them hanging on the walls in my childhood home. They probably wouldn’t fetch a dime at auction, but I can’t bear to part with them. They are priceless to me because they belonged to my father.
We may not look like much to the world, but because we belong to the Father, we are priceless in His sight. We cannot add or take away from the price He paid. He paid an incalculable cost to make us His own.
His possession makes us priceless, not our prosperity.
But that also makes us a valuable target for the enemy, so beware of him who comes the steal, kill, and destroy.
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