WHAT’S IT WORTH?

IMG_1265I’ve got a few boxes full of old vinyl records that I finally decided to get rid of. I’ve been hauling them around for years from California to Idaho to Tennessee and finally back to Idaho, where they’ve been occupying a spot in the back of my closet.

Have you ever tried to sell something on eBay? Or even just a yard sale? Then you know it can be hard to determine what price to assign to the thing you’re selling. How much is it worth?

If you’ve ever watched Antiques Roadshow or Pawn Stars or Storage Wars, you know that, while it might seem like your cherished item is worth something, in reality, value is determined by how much someone is willing to pay. It might turn out to be worth a lot – but it’s also possible that nobody’s looking for it and you can’t even give it away!

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5 ESV)

Paul here describes us as “dead in our trespasses.” In the “FREE” box in the waning hours of a yard sale. Our worth? Negligible. No buyers. Destined for the trash bin.

But even when we were without apparent value, we were not unloved. In fact, Jesus paid the highest price for you and for me. While we were still sinners and enemies with God, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8-10). We were “bought with a price” (2 Corinthians 6:20 and 7:23) – not with “mere gold or silver,” but with “the precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:18-19).

If value is determined by how much someone’s willing to pay . . . well, there you go.

Your worth is never in question. You are precious and loved by God.


Check out my song “All I Know of Love”  below:

To be with me, there was no line You wouldn’t cross
To be with me, You gave Your life upon a wooden cross
And this is all I know of love

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11 Responses to WHAT’S IT WORTH?

  1. Caroline Hill says:

    I need to read this once every day. Thank you.

  2. Sara H says:

    Thanks for the reminder Scott. 🙂

  3. BWARF says:

    Thanks Scott. This is all I know though sometimes each day I do forget. Love to you my friend. God bless.

  4. Carla says:

    I just have to tell you that I needed this today. I know this is truth, and I believe it with all my heart but there are days when the world just beats me up and I have a hard time summoning the strength to believe the whole “I’m precious and loved by God” thing. Single mom, health issues, weight-related shame, coworkers who drive me crazy… Anyway. Thanks for this.

  5. Scott Riggan says:

    Thanks Caroline. It’s truth!!

  6. Scott Riggan says:

    Hey “BWARF” – we all need to be reminded, bro.

  7. Scott Riggan says:

    Hey Carla, thanks for commenting. I’m praying for you to know and feel the depth of His love for you today. Ephesians 3:17-19: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

  8. Carter Rudd says:

    Great post – and I love the song! Hadn’t heard that one before.

  9. Scott Riggan says:

    Thanks Carter. That’s an older song, actually. From my first solo record in 2002.

  10. Michele L says:

    We live in a world that tells us that we are not worth anything. I think of my daughter, who is being told that she’s not beautiful enough, not cool enough, not popular enough … and this message is delivered by every advertisement and every magazine cover, every celebrity article, every movie and tv show. We have to remember God’s love for us in order to overcome the crush of negativity that hits us from all sides. I’m forwarding this to my daughter now. Thank you.

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