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Have you ever wondered just how much you are worth?
I am not speaking of value in the sense that all ideas or behavior is the same.
I only aim to address the value and worth of a single human life.
To get to the answer to that, we first need to consider the following:
We get our sense of our worth and that of others from someplace, right?
It may be a combination of sources, many of which we do not stop and consider, that form our views and the way we value ourselves and others.
Here are some main sources, or the who, which we allow to influence us in regards to our worth and everyone else.
These could include family or your personal experiences.
For many, all of these play some part in their minds and they are the who that determines our systems of belief and behavior.
You might be the kind of person who is very mindful of who is influencing your thoughts and decisions.
I believe most are not, and just go with the flow, seldom stopping to think about this at all.
It works on auto-pilot until they run into a wall that challenges what they have been believing for years. Suddenly their system of value is shattered and now they must find out why.
This gives us some idea of who but what are we getting from these sources specifically that cause us to believe and form our opinions?
When the average person looks at someone, what are they using to determine worth?
When we are determining someone’s worth the answers to these questions and ones like it are usually part of the equation.
We can almost immediately come up with an instant evaluation in our minds of what we think a person is worth soon after meeting someone, producing judgments faster than Divorce Court or Judge Judy. Case dismissed, next.
I know you may be thinking, no way I do that.
I think that most of the time we do not realize our brains do this because it becomes automatic and all we have is the results of the split-second conclusion our minds produce.
Another factor is that we all have so many stereotypes and prejudices
Even though we seldom admit it we all have them to some degree.
Once they take hold and form patterns of thought and behavior, pre-set views and responses become major players in our value system.
It can lead to people looking down on those who may be different, from another race, or a different culture, and at least in their minds, assigning them less value.
Or the opposite could be true, where we have been belittled and mistreated to where we feel we have little or no value, especially compared to those around us.
And unfortunately, many kids grow up in environments where they are mistreated or abused. To say that their sense of self-worth is destroyed and distorted is an understatement.
We all Assign Worth
But we all place value on ourselves and others and we think everyone is worth something. Just how much value may change from day to day based on many things.
For example, we often give little value or thought to the straggling homeless person who is not well-groomed or appealing physically in any way.
They have nothing to offer us, at least we conclude that they don’t. This is often based on our past experiences with those we may have met, but also from what we hear on the news or from government and media.
Without knowing a single thing about them we quickly see with our eyes and associate in our minds what we have already experienced or believed in the past, and make instant judgments.
Most of the time, we would like to avoid eye contact or getting too close.
Our past has conditioned us that they are all the same and live with the very lowest standards within our cities and communities.
We believe they are just going to ask us for money or some hand-out, and they should get a job and quit the drugs.
Now that may sound harsh when you read that, yet many think this way. Some label anyone who fits the profile of homelessness into one large group of people with little value.
But that is another discussion and I am not looking to over-analyzing this one particular example except to just show that we do all assign worth to others.
If you do not believe you have, then you are in the minority.
All danger aside, would you treat a homeless person who walked up to you the same way you would someone dressed in expensive clothes and that you found attractive?
Based only on appearance these two human beings and their worth have scored very low or very high based on superficial yet obvious things that our senses pick up.
If someone is famous or wealthy, there is no hesitation, we consider them as high-value people because of what they have accomplished, their talents, their appearance, and what they have.
But does being famous or rich make someone more valuable than someone who is not?
If they are, it is like building your house on sinking sand because any of these can change in an instant.
Based on what we already looked at, the standards for which we assign worth are numerous and can be different from one person to the next leaving a giant pool of mixed values and beliefs.
What is worse, is that using the systems such as physical appearance and social status can change so quickly, and do change no matter who you are.
You may be young and beautiful and feel so valued by the attention you receive, and perhaps the benefits you experience.
But what happens as you grow old and those outward qualities that brought you so much value disappear? Has your value now changed as well?
You and I can conclude that the common standards used in determining our worth and the worth of others are not the same for everyone, can change at any time, and in the end, they really lose their punch, so to speak.
To me, if my value is determined by today’s performance, how I look, how successful I am, and I have a bad day, then my sense of worth may disappear quickly.
Reinforcement Of What Does not Work
It is also true that through ads, movies, and the media, these characteristics are reinforced every day as the correct standards of value.
The red carpet, the worship of celebrities as gods, and the value placed on physical beauty and talent are more than enough examples of us and understand that these ideas and standards of value are drilled into our minds.
But I know better, and I know that those things are temporary and in many cases vanity of the worst kind.
Does a woman who is a supermodel today, lose her value when she is 65 years old and no longer turns heads when she walks by?
How about the rich person who loses his business and fortune? Or the movie star who gets caught up in controversy and has their name ran through the tabloid-hungry media frenzy?
Well now all of a sudden, these kinds of standards do not seem like very good ways to measure a person’s worth.
There must be a better standard and if so where do we start?
I have been working through a workbook on setting goals and had been doing the exercises and writing out the ideas as suggested.
Some of the questions led me to think about my gifts and talents which of course I had compared to those I have met or seen throughout my life.
My value-meter dropped like a heavy rock in a tub of mashed potatoes, straight to the bottom.
Because when it came to talents, appearance, personality, money, and many other things, the value I saw in myself when compared to others was very small.
Now I did not have a pity party but it made me think about the fact that if any or all of those things determine our true worth, it can only create hopelessness and depression for anyone who may lack in these areas.
A Much Better and More Accurate Way
So the next morning when I woke up I was still working on my goals and trying to determine just what value I had or felt that I had in this world.
I thought about all the mistakes I made, the failures and disappointments as well as the successes and achievements.
But in the end, this kind of thinking always brings me back to comparing myself with others and is performance-based.
I know God is fair, He is just, and He doesn’t make mistakes. Looking to Him for answers I was reminded that He alone determines the value of life because He IS THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE.
What is more, is that your worth and my worth are far greater than what we have likely assessed it to be. Good news right?
Well, it isn’t a dollar amount so I hope you are not thinking along those lines, but it is an amount nonetheless.
I may have less talent than anyone on the planet, be unattractive, broke, and sick, but my worth is still equal to any man alive. And yours is too.
Important to lay some Groundwork for determining worth
If I just tell you God alone determines our real value then you may just roll your eyes and become indifferent to this idea.
When Christ came to earth, He came to redeem man from sin. He came to seek and to save that which was lost back in the garden with Adam and Eve who first rebelled against God.
Once they did this, God had warned them prior, that they should surely die. We do know that they kept on living for many years after this event so what did God mean?
First, they would die physically. Whereas before God created man to live and there was no reason for death to occur, sin changed that.
The penalty of sin is death and every man born from Adam until today has had to face the same consequences of it, and has returned to the dust from which they were formed.
Here are the shocking statistics which back up my bold claim and validate the certainty of death:
I know, that may seem kinda silly to create such a chart but it is important to remember that our lives are more than these temporary bodies we now are confined to. They grow old and sick and eventually wear out and we leave them behind. And it is because of the curse of sin.
The second part is that moment that they disobeyed God, they died spiritually because sin had entered into the heart and DNA of man.
Before disobeying God, they enjoyed perfect harmony with their creator and did not know sin.
Man’s seed would now, however, be born separated from the perfect relationship that Adam and Eve had originally experienced in the Garden.
Each birth from Adam until now (except for the Virgin Birth of Christ who was not born from the seed of man) would produce more of the same seed.
A heart that seeks its own, to be independent of God, not mindful or understanding God or His ways, and at odds with God.
And while we are tempted to think sometimes that the wickedness in this world is worse than ever, it did not take long before the entire world was so sinful and so rebellious that God was sorry that He had made man.
He had had enough and decided to destroy the human race.
- If not for Noah, that would have been the end of the story and we would not even be here.
I share all of that because it is very important to understanding our real value.
That God did not just leave us orphaned as it were, but pursued a relationship with those He created even though we snubbed our noses at Him and rebelled.
“Greater love has no man than he lay down his life for his friends.”
here is the best news I could ever share with anyone.
So valuable are we to our Creator, that even though no one seeks God, we are born enemies of God, we all have gone our way, and we all are guilty of sin, God gave His own Son to ransom us from a debt that we could not pay.
- Man would be eternally cut-off from God forever.
- No hope and no way to make ourselves holy again.
What determines the ransom that someone will pay to redeem or get something back that was taken? THE VALUE OF IT
Your value or worth is determined by God
God Values You to The Level of His Own Son
Incredible to think about!
How many Kings in history ever died for their enemies or a peasant farmer from another land who hated them?
How many members of Royalty care so much about its people that they are willing to come out of the palaces and life of privilege, and sacrifice for them?
God stepped out of heaven and satisfied his holy standard and the punishment for sin by taking it on Himself.
In doing so, He placed the highest amount of value on human life there could ever be.
You are equally as valuable as any human being on this earth because just as He made the way for all to be saved, He is no respecter of persons.
He doesn’t care how much money you have, how talented you may be, or the car you drive.
Value Lost – the Value Found
Like the lost and found man went from nothing to everything as God becomes the ultimate problem solver of all time and became the solution to the value we lost in the garden.
The value of our true identity, worth, and purpose on this earth.
What more can be done?
- There isn’t a plan B
- No makeup test
- God doesn’t grade on a curve
- The standard is and always has been to be perfect
- Can holiness and contamination exist?
- Is it light and dark at the same time in the same space?
- Can we obey and disobey at the same time?
- If you contaminate something can it be pure?
If I take a clear glass of water and add one drop of food coloring, the entire glass of water has been changed. It is no longer the same water and you can see the difference as the purity is now gone.
Your Value and Worth,
Apart From the World’s Superficial and Changing Standards
You and I can accept that we are valued apart from anything we have done, what others say about us, how much or how little talent we may have, how much money is in our bank accounts, our appearance, our social status, our outward beauty, or any other factor that we may come up with.
And a heart that will believe and accept His Son is the only way back to Him, can experience the source of their value and worth.
Any and every circumstance, situation, relationship, or area of our lives could change instantly and without warning.
Wealth can be lost, relationships severed, loved ones pass away, privileges taken away, and health lost to sickness.
But nothing can separate a believer from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus and no one can take away the value He gave us in exchange for our sin.
I Have Explained
What I Believe Answers The Questions I Stated In The Beginning
The value that you have from God can never be taken away or diminished no matter what happens to you, what others say, what you acquire or lose.
Even you mess up and blow it, and I mean YOU BLOW IT, God doesn’t remove your value.
He doesn’t change His mind.
Now you can look at yourself and others as the world does but you are selling yourself and everyone else short.
When we know our value is higher, our behavior and attitudes are raised and our behavior will follow.
Truth brings freedom. Not knowing the truth keeps us in bondage and darkness.
This was long I know, but I want to say one last thing to you. It is a simple question;
How much are you worth?
GOD BLESS YOU,