“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” — Matthew 10:29-30
In 1975, six armed gunmen broke into a London bank where they went straight for the safety deposit boxes. Among the spoils they took away from their plunder was a box full of jewelry appraised at $500,000.
The renter of the box came to the bank and was horrified upon discovering that her jewelry had been stolen. She wailed, “Everything I had was in there. My whole life was in that box!”
What a sad statement. Yet, it seems more and more today that people are valuing their lives in terms of their possessions. You hear all the time on television that this or that person is worth so much money. But the truth is, there’s no monetary value that can be placed on a human being.
Even many Christians fall into this same trap. They don’t have much in terms of finances, so they feel like they’re not worth anything. Yet, the opposite is true. God valued you at such a high price that He sent Jesus to die for you. You’re worth the life of God’s own Son!
Don’t ever derive your value from what’s in your bank account. God doesn’t. Instead, find your value in who God says you are and what He did to purchase your eternal life.
Pray that God would help you find your value not in what you have, but in whom He’s declared you to be.
Questions for thought
Think of a time when you struggled with this issue of finding your value in what you have. How did it make you feel?
What does it say about your value that God sent Jesus to save you even when you were a sinner?