I’m asking you right now. What are you worth?
A glassy-eyed, slightly panicked stare is often the only response I get to that question. After several moments of stunned silence, many people answer with a variant of, “Not very much.” Others, especially those who have had some secular counseling, will answer, “I’m worth standing up for,” or “I’m worth my own happiness.” This latter group speaks angrily, as though they are opposing an unseen enemy who always argues against them.
No one ever gives me an amount. Granted, it’s a difficult thing to estimate. In the end something is only worth what someone else will pay for it. Today’s real estate market has taught many a lesson in that regard. Similarly, an appraisal of my grandmother’s engagement ring listed the value upwards of $10,000, but when I decided to sell it, no one would pay anything like that price. The ring was over-valued. It was never worth as much as I thought it was.
It’s also possible to undervalue a possession. American Pickers has made a cable splash, not to mention a lot of money, based on that fact. They know someone, somewhere will pay more for their finds than the price on the sticker. In fact, something considered a piece of junk can turn out to be worth quite a bit more than its owner suspects. It doesn’t matter what you think. It doesn’t matter what you feel. An asset is only worth what someone else will pay for it. No more, and no less.
So I ask you again, “What are you worth?” If you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then a ransom has been exchanged for you, body and soul. Your value is a known quantity. You are worth the very life of the only-begotten Son of the Lord of the Universe. It doesn’t matter what you think. It doesn’t matter what you feel. You are worth infinite riches, because that is the price which has already been paid for you. Sometimes just knowing that changes everything.
If this post sounds familiar, it might be because it was originally published here in 2012.