How Your Worth is Actually Determined
Someone paid $300 million for a Gauguin painting. A Cezanne painting brought in $259 million. A lock of Justin Bieber’s hair got $40, 668. Elvis’s hair got $115,000.
Worth is determined by what someone is willing to pay for that item. The price paid is what says it’s worth something, even a lock of hair.
I battle with that definition of worth. I think that if it’s useful, it’s worth something. If it’s doing something grand and spectacular, then it has great worth. Not just, if someone decided to pay for it, then it has worth.
This is my problem.
I don’t wake up each morning knowing my worth. Most often, I wake up with all that’s wrong in my head. There’s the physical stuff, the aging stuff, the personality stuff, the wishing for more sleep stuff, the didn’t finish cleaning or doing laundry or cooking or house stuff, the I want to be lazy stuff. I could go on. It’s a long list.
Listen. You. Me. All of us. Our worth is not in what we do. We are made of miracles.
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”
I can stare at nature for hours and say, “Wow, that was fearfully and wonderfully made.” Me? I can walk past a mirror and purposefully not even take a glance.
Fearfully and wonderfully made? That verse (Psalm 139:14) is about me?
Think about a baby though. The hours that baby spends staring at a hand, a foot, another person’s eyes. Everything is fearfully and wonderfully made to that little one, whom we all goo over and say, “Wow, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.”
As we grow, the lies enter in. The “You’re not so wonderful, in fact you’re rather plain, actually less than plain. Don’t think God can use you.” It’s so obvious when it’s in print. What a dumb thing to believe. What an obvious ploy just to keep you from being used by God, but we believe the Great Liar, not the Great Truth Teller.
Maybe it’s because we know how we have treated God. Ah, but what about the story of the Prodigal Son?
Maybe it’s because we know what our past holds. Ah, but what about Paul?
Maybe it’s because of something someone else has told us. Ah, but what about Psalm 139?
Maybe it’s because of what we tell ourselves. Ah, but what about who God tells us we are?
Created in His image. Male and Female He created them. After sinning, he sought us out. Not because he didn’t know where Adam and Eve were but because he needed them to know He seeks out sinners.
He killed an animal to make clothes for Adam and Eve, to discard those inadequate leaf coverings they had made themselves, because he needed them to know that sin causes death.
He cast them out of the Garden because he needed them to know that sin also causes separation from the perfection of God.
He stayed in our lives because we needed to know that he hadn’t given us up altogether.
Then he sent his son to be one of us but perfect, to die on a cross, then on the third day be resurrected. Deserving none of it, Jesus paid the price for our sin to reconcile us to God, so we could live and be in his presence. Because he needed us to know he had taken care of it, He had forgiven us.
We just need to receive. And keep on receiving.
If worth is what someone is willing to pay, then God has more to say about your worth than anyone else. And He said you are worth a lot.
Don’t let anything else try to convince you that you aren’t worth the price he already paid. Sure we aren’t worthy, but worth, that’s different.
Worth is determined by the price paid. The price has been paid. It’s done. Believe.