There is a story that in 75 BC a young Roman nobleman named Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and held for ransom. When they demanded twenty talents of silver in ransom (about $600,000 today), Caesar laughed and said they obviously had no idea who he was. He insisted they raise the ransom to 50 talents! Why? Because he believed he was worth far more than 20 talents. Arrogant little guy, wasn’t he? But, at the same time, he knew his worth and thought enough of himself to be worthy and that is important.
If you think you aren’t worth much what are others going to think of you? Sometimes we confuse humility with thinking we aren’t worth much; and that’s a shame. We’re all worth a lot. That’s a fact. What you are you worth? How much “ransom” would someone pay for you? Deep down, do you think you are worth anything, if so why?
Think of your worth as the value God placed on each of you. To God your worth isn’t measured in monetary value but in the price he paid for you…His own son, Jesus Christ. In God’s kingdom your worth isn’t based on what you do or how much you make or how big a car you drive or what kind of house you live in. In God’s kingdom your worth is based on the infinite love of God and the price he was willing to pay for you. The Bible says, “It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors but with the precious blood of Christ.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
Know what you are worth. Unlike Caesar don’t do your calculations on what the worldly values of the man’s kingdom are but on the spiritual values of God’s kingdom. Your worth is priceless, That’s how much you are worth. Once you know your worth you know the worth of others too. If you don’t think you’re worth much you sure aren’t going to think others are worth much. And the opposite is true as well. If you know your worth is priceless then hopefully you regard others’ worth as priceless too.
According to an article in Wired magazine the human body is worth about 45 million dollars in terms of its parts. One reference I consulted puts the chemical value (99% of the body is made up of six elements: Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Calcium and Phosphorus) at about $160.00. But, do any of us think for a minute the answer to the question of how much are we worth is found in the value of body parts or chemical elements? I don’t think so. Our value is based on what God says we are worth. Know your worth and be worthy of what the good Lord thinks you are worth.
“It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed . . . but with the precious blood of Christ”.—1 Peter 1:18-19