When Is One Valuable?

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Last night, as I was driving home, I took the above picture. To be nice I edited out the name of the church, along with the pastor’s name.

The first time I saw the sign it didn’t take long for me to realize something was wrong. Everything was spelled correctly (at least I think so), but the message of the sign was incorrect.

The problem with this sign is that someone misapplied the truth that something is only as valuable as what another will pay. For example, I have an old chunk of wood in my garage. For all practical purposes it is worthless. However, should someone offer me $500 for it, the piece of wood’s value just increased dramatically. But if I could never get even $.25 for the wood, it’s really not worth much at all.

Yet, when it comes to people – living souls – our value is intrinsic; we were made by God in the image of God…God doesn’t make junk. Therefore, it is because we are already of immense value that God sent His Son to pay the price for our redemption upon the cross of Calvary.

The price that God paid for us does not make us valuable; it confirms our value to Him.

Should we accept the message on this church’s sign, we must then assume that those who are lost without Christ are of little or no value. However, thanks be to God this is not true!

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” – Matthew 13:44-46 KJV

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV

Our value preceded the price paid, and that is why there was only One who could afford the sacrifice it took to redeem us. 

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Filed under Christianity, salvation, self-worth

8 responses to “When Is One Valuable?

  1. I am really glad you said that.

  2. Is there a difference between belonging to God and accepting Jesus? Jesus told the Pharisees that their father was Satan. How can one’s father be Satan if we all belong to God? Mormons believe that Jesus’ death on the Cross means a universal salvation, that no one is lost. Christians don’t believe that,

    • John, nothing thrills me more than someone taking the time to comment with a genuinely good question! Thanks!

      First, in an answer to your general question, it really depends on how you are looking at the idea of “belonging.” To be clear, God is sovereign over all, including those who reject Him. In that sense, we all belong to Him. Accepting Jesus is different in that we enter into a personal relationship.

      As to the Pharisees, the context was different. Jesus was addressing their hearts and their over reliance on their Jewish birthright, the children of Abraham.

      As to the idea of universal salvation, I believe the Cross is efficacious for all who will repent and accept Christ as Saviour. In other words, I believe “whosoever” may come, but those who don’t will be lost.

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