Priceless

 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of themSelf-Esteem2

 is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all

numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Luke 12:6-7

                   How much are you worth?

It is interesting that if you break down an average human body, the chemical composition has a worth of about four dollars and fifty cents in our world today. That includes everything – even your skin and bones.  This is what your body is when you break it down.

65% Oxygen                                                                            18% Carbon

10% Hydrogen                                                                         3 % Nitrogen

1.5% Calcium                                                                          1% Phosphorous

0.35% Potassium                                                                     0.25% Sulfur

0.15% Sodium                                                                         0.15% Chlorine

0.05% Magnesium                                                                  0.0004% Iron

0.00004% Iodine

Dinner at your local fast food restaurant costs more than you – chemically speaking.

If we are only worth $4.50, why do we invest so much in our looks, our education, our jobs, our hobbies…?

Obviously, being human means more than just existing.  We strive, we compete, we desire, we feel.  We are composed of more than just chemicals…we are beings with a heart and soul.

Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in his own image…”.

Value is defined as the price a person is willing to pay.  As women we often define our value from our role as wife, mother, Christian, or employee as well as our financial status, friends, abilities and achievements, and the list goes on and on…

This value is only temporal.  There is, however, a value that can never be replaced and will never fade away.  This is the value that God places on us.  He says we are worth an eternity with Him.

This was brought home to me in the following responsive reading based on passages from Isaiah 53:1-8 and Matthew 20:19 and used by our church as a part of its Good Friday service.

He has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised and we esteemed Him not.

And yet, He loved us and thought that we were worth it.

Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. Yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

And yet, He loved us and thought that we were worth it.

But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed.

And yet, He loved us and thought that we were worth it.

 All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.

And yet, He loved us and thought that we were worth it.

 For He was cut off out of the land of the living, for the transgressions of the people was He stricken.

And yet, He loved us…and thought that we were worth it. And He promised that He would rise again.

 We are valued…worth more than His Kingship; worth more than His glory; worth more than His authority; worth more than His life in heaven…even more than a brutal death on Earth.

Know your value. Don’t let the world tell you what you are worth.

Truth to Claim:  Our value is determined by God and He proved it by sending His Son to die on the cross for us.

Application:  When we are prone to think of ourselves as worthless, we will look to scripture to find our worth.

Solo Deo Gloria

 

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