I’m asking you right now. What are you worth?
A glassy, 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. 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. Today’s real estate market has taught us all a lesson in that regard. 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 a lot more than the advertised value. 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 price has been paid for you, body and soul. Infinite riches could not begin to equal your value. You are worth the only-begotten Son of the Lord of the Universe. You are worth Jesus Christ, because that’s what has been paid for you. Sometimes just knowing that changes everything.