I’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