I come from a family for whom antiquing can be used as a verb. My parents love to go antiquing and my wife and I do as well. Naturally, one of our favorite shows to watch is American Pickers. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz travel the country looking for items they can sell in their antique shop. Sometimes the stuff they are picking through is junk to the owner, so the owners are shocked when they get an offer. Mike and Frank know what they can sell and they see value where other people don’t—it may be worthless junk to the owner but they see a rare, one-of-a-kind item and they assign value to that item by the price they are willing to pay for it. That’s really how we assign value to nearly everything in our world: what is someone willing to pay?
So what’s your value? What are you worth? It’s an easy question with an easy answer because you have already been paid for—God paid a price for you: You are worth the life of His one and only Son.
“‘For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.’” (John 3:16)
“‘What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.’” (Luke 12:6-7)
“‘Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?’” (Matthew 6:26)
Only rare, one-of-a-kind items fetch the highest price, and that’s us. God says that we are His masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10), He tells us He has great plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139). Jesus paid the highest price so that our sins could be forgiven and we could spend eternity in Heaven after this life. God says that we are worth the life of His Son and that is something to be thankful for every day.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.