26th November 2010

What Are You Worth?

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Matthew 10:29-31 NKJV

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a £100 note. The fifty—and I have seen a few of those—is a horrible blood red colour. But I wouldn’t know what colour predominates in a £100 note.

The £5 note is more my mark. We’re all more used to £5 notes, I think. Green, grubby and well-used. Occasionally we’ll receive a new one. Often that’s so strange that we take a moment to examine it with more care than usual. Still, usually we quickly pass it on. But old and grubby, brand new, scrumbled or torn, a £5 note retains its full value. See one on the ground, scraggly and dirty, even incomplete, and still we would pick it up because despite its condition, it’s still worth its full £5.

Human beings are like that to God. Full of sin, unattractive, hostile, hateful, selfish—you name it, even torn and sullied, we’re still of full value to God. And so much so that he sent his Son to die for such a wretch as we all were—or maybe still are: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). And, by the way, it was God who did all the reconciling (verse 10).

Even more surprisingly, God planned it that way all the way back to the beginning of creation (Revelation 13:8, the end of the verse).

So next time you think there’s no way you can ever measure up to what God expects of you, or that you’ll never make it to be with him in eternity, remember that whatever state you were in when God picked you up, to him you were worth the full price of his son’s life. Much more than even a £500 note, whatever colour that might be.

Humbling isn’t it, but also exhilarating?

Most merciful Father, it is awe-inspiring to consider that Jesus died for me. And this was all completed before I came into the world, or before any human beings were created. You had it all in mind as to how you were going to buy back your children to you. Why would we fear you, God, when you have demonstrated so much love towards us? In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford 

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