WHAT ARE YOU WORTH

Written by: Brian Hess

Have you ever considered what you are worth as a person? Have you ever compared yourself to somebody else and determined that they are worth more or less than you? I know I have in the past, probably more times than I can count.

When you think about your worth or your value as a person, what are the things you are taking into consideration? Is it the size of your bank account? The car you drive or the house you live in? Is it the degree to which your job feels important? If you’ve ever had those thoughts I can assure you that you are not alone. 

My goal with writing this blog post is to see if I can change the way you think about yourself with regard to your worth as an individual. 

I remember sitting a few years ago watching a professional baseball game on TV with a few other people. At one point we were curious to see how much money some of these players were earning. So we looked it up and to nobody’s surprise they were all making multi-million dollars every year. Even the players who barely got any playing time, who spent most of the year sitting on the bench were earning millions of dollars. However, the thing that caught my attention wasn’t the massive amounts of money that they were earning, rather it was the response that I heard from somebody else in the room.

“That is so ridiculous! Nobody is worth that much money!”

The first thought that went through my head was, “Is that true? Is it possible that the amount of money these professional athletes are earning exceeds their value as people?”

Another question we need to ask is, how do you determine the value of something? If we’re going to place a value on individual people then we need to know how value is determined. I want to propose to you that the value of something is simply determined by what somebody is willing to pay for it. For example, the car that I drive is probably worth around $3,000 - $4,000. It would be foolish of me to think that I could sell my car for $20,000, because I know that $20,000 can buy a much nicer car than I drive. The same is true for hamburgers. I know that I can get a burger for anywhere from $2-12. I can’t imagine going out to an average restaurant and spending $100 on a burger when I know that they simply aren’t worth that much.

The same is true for people. The worth and the value of a person is not determined by how much money they have or what kind of car they drive. The value of us as people was determined by what Jesus was willing to pay to have us. When sin entered the world it brought a separation between us and God, and Jesus was willing to pay any price to restore our relationship with the Father and adopt us into His family.

When Jesus died for us on the cross he determined our worth. He conferred a value upon our lives that is so great that it cannot be added to or taken away. If tomorrow I woke up and had $50 million in my bank account, my value as a person would not have increased because what Jesus paid to have me in His family is worth so much more than that. 

Back to the statement about those professional baseball players with regard to their salaries — “nobody is worth that much money!”. I would have to agree with that statement, not because their salary has exceeded their value, but because their value far exceeds any amount of money they can or ever will earn.

If you’re reading this, my desire is that you would take this away from it:

You are valuable and you are significant.

You are worth so much that all the money in the world couldn’t increase your value. Jesus paid the highest price and bestowed the greatest honor upon you when he chose to give His life in exchange for yours.

Comparison is a thief of joy, and when you understand who God says you are then you would never want to be anyone else. The Lord has declared that you are of great value to Him, and that you are somebody who is worth celebrating. 

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