Several years ago a woman who is a member of one of our churches lost her husband. Some time after he had passed away and all the funeral had taken place and life had returned somewhat to normal, a fellow church member asked her if she still had that old truck her husband drove. Yes, she said. She told him they had put it in the old shop just to keep it clean and preserve it. “Do you want to sell it?” asked the man. “I might,” she said. “You can come by and look at it if you like.”
Some days later as he was passing by her house he saw the old truck out there in the shed. He stopped and asked if he could just look at it. She said that would be fine. It was in mint condition. “How much do you want for this old truck?” he asked. “A thousand dollars,” she replied. The guy didn’t want to hurt her feelings but he said, “That’s a little high. I would be willing to pay $900 for this old truck.” She agreed to the deal. He got the truck. She had $900.
He was thrilled and later was chatting with some friends about the old truck and how he had talked the widow down $100 and paid $900 for it. One of the friends asked, “Well, what are you going to do with it?” He replied, “I’m probably going to sell it.” His friend asked, “How much do you want for it?” He said, “$2,500,” as he folded his arms in a gesture of confidence. “What!” his friend exclaimed. “You just said you paid $900 for it and now you want $2,500? How do you figure?” The man looked straight at him and said, “To tell you the truth, I think a lot more of the old truck now that it belongs to me. Since it’s mine, I think it’s worth over $2,500.”
Interesting how we think things that belong to us are really valuable, when the truth is God looks at us that way. Because we are His, He really thinks we are valuable. In 1 Peter 2:9, Scripture relates that God’s opinion of us is like this: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” What a ringing affirmation of the fact that when we come to know Christ as Savior, God thoroughly and gloriously affirms us. We are valuable because we are His.
Following this Christmas just past, I was listening to a financial assessment of the Christmas holidays and an evaluation of how much money Americans spent on presents and gifts. According to this financial assessment, billions and billions and billions of dollars were spent for Christmas. I don’t know how you can get your mind around billions and billions of dollars, but I do know it’s a bunch. However, the fact is that if you literally took that money or all the things that money bought and stacked it around even one individual, it would not alter the true value and worth of that person — not one red cent.
Who we are and what we are is dependent upon and draws its value from our relationship with our wonderful Savior. Can I just point out to each one of us that we are worth more than others may think we are worth? We are worth a lot regardless of a poor evaluation someone else may give us. We are worth more than we may think.
I’m not talking about being arrogant about who you are or how much you’re worth. Sometimes people spend so much time – negative, critical time – looking at what they don’t have and what they can’t do that they feel like they are worth nothing. Wrong! You are worth everything that Jesus did in order to buy you, love you, forgive you, and present you holy to His Heavenly Father. You are worth more than you may think of yourself as worth.
In fact, you are worth more and are far more valuable than what anybody or everybody (except Jesus, our Lord) thinks or says about you. What are you worth? You’re worth Jesus leaving heaven to come to earth. You’re worth Jesus living in the ridicule and rejection He encountered during His thirty-plus years on earth. You’re worth Jesus going to the cross and dying for every one of your sins. You’re worth all God gave in His Son to save you, redeem you, and make you the treasure of His heart.
If anybody knows your worth, God knows. As His daughter or son — one of His children — He proclaims you incredibly, eternally valuable to Him. God loves you. He has provided everything for you in this world and the world to come, if you will trust Jesus His Son as your Savior. We’re only days into the new year, but why not take this day to turn your eyes toward Jesus, put your faith in Him, and accept Him as your Lord and Master? You will find quickly and with certainty that Jesus thinks you are worth everything He did in order to give you life everlasting. Trust Him now. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
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