20th March 2018

How Much Are You Worth? 

“you were bought at a price…”
1 Corinthians 6:20 (NIV)

Have you ever looked at something, noticed the price being asked for it, and thought to yourself ‘that’s not worth it’? I’ve done that at both ends of the spectrum. I’ve gone into a shop to buy a loaf of bread, saw the price being charged and promptly retreated muttering to myself, ‘I’m not paying that much for a loaf of bread’. I’ve also walked round an art gallery that was selling paintings, noticed some that were being sold for in excess of £1,000, and thought to myself, ‘I don’t think it’s worth that much.’ At the end of the day any product is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

That got me thinking about us human beings. How much are we worth? The basic chemical composition of the human body is: Oxygen 65%, Carbon 18%, Hydrogen 10%, Nitrogen 3%, Calcium 1.5%, Phosphorous  1%, Potassium 0.35%, Sulphur 0.25%, Sodium 0.15%, Chlorine 0.15%, Magnesium  0.05%, Iron  0.0004%, Iodine 0.00004%. The current monetary worth placed on the basic elements in an individual human body is around £3.02. Put like that it means we aren’t worth very much.

Thankfully God thinks each one of us is worth considerably more than some loose change rattling around in our pocket. He was willing to pay for us with highest price possible; the death of his dearly beloved Son. God didn’t redeem us with gold and silver but with the precious blood of His Son (c.f. 1 Peter 1:18-19). For humanity, God paid the ultimate price, which tells me that every human being is of infinite value. Doesn’t that do wonders for your self-worth?

Doesn’t the fact that God loves you so much that he paid this supreme price for you inspire you to live for him? Graham Kendrick poignantly sums up the sentiment in his song, ‘How Much Do You Think You Are Worth’ with these words: If you heard that your life had been valued, That a price had been paid on the nail…If you heard that His name was called Jesus, Would you say that the price was too dear? Held to the cross not by nails but by love, It was you broke His heart, not the spear! Would you say you are worth what it cost Him?…But just remember the day when you throw it away, That He paid what He thought you were worth…Tell me, what are you willing to give Him, In return for the price that He paid?

Jesus gave his all for us because that is what we are worth to God. Surely ‘love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’

Father, thank you that you were willing to pay such a high price for me. As I bask in how highly you value me, help me to consider how much Jesus is worth to me and then may I live for the one who gave himself for me.

Study by Barry Robinson


About the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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