Of Great Value

By Greg Quinn

August 11th, 2009

We can all truly say that we are living in tough times.  Our current President and his administration are creating policies and making decisions that are not best for our Country.  On top of that, the economy is poor, our public education system is failing, church numbers are falling off, our military is stretched, our national borders are porous, and ungodliness is the accepted norm of our country.  The United States of America no longer puts our trust in God as we once did.  Unemployment is high.  People are losing jobs and losing hope. 

With all this negativity going on around us, it is easy to get depressed.  It is easy to question the value of life and the worth of you as an individual.  However, each of us need to understand that, no matter how difficult the economy or circumstances of the world around us, we each have tremendous value.

A speaker once stood up on the platform at a large conference and held up a crisp new $20 bill.  “Who wants it?”, he asked the large crowd.  Everyone raised their hand.  The speaker then took the $20 bill, wadded it up into a ball, and asked again, “Who wants it?”  Still, everyone raised their hand.  The then threw the balled-up $20 on the floor, stomped on it and rubbed it around on the dirty platform floor.  “Now, who wants it?”, he asked.  Again, everyone raised their hands.  He called out to one of those up front with a raised hand, and handed him the $20 bill.  “Our lives are like that”, he stated.  “Wadded up, dirty, stomped on…it doesn’t change our value to God.”

You see, the measure of a person’s worth is the cross of Jesus Christ.  God loved each of us so much that He gave Jesus as payment for our sin debt.  Jesus thinks you are of so much worth that that he gave his life for you.

Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

So, when times are hard, remember the cross of Jesus.  When you question your value, remember that you are of so much worth that Jesus left Heaven to live a life for you to emulate and to die a death so you didn’t have to.  When your boss hands you a pink slip and says you are not worth much, remember the great value you have to God.  When national politics prove you wrong, remember God proves you right.

You are of great value.  Live like it.

Greg Quinn