Your life has significance. You are not just the result of a biological process, you are here by design. Your life is a component of an eternal, celestial construct that pre-dates creation and outlives time. Your life is so significant that when you walk in calling, it helps harmonize the plan of salvation, and when you reject your calling, it unsettles the entire framework of providence.
This is important because in the church world we spend a lot of time considering issues of morality, but we tend to do so in the context of law, judgment, and consequence. The truth is that our moral compass is directly tied to our understanding of our worth. As a result, I make different moral choices when I understand my true value.
When a woman knows her worth, she can’t be someone’s jump off, side chick or punching bag. When a brother understands his worth, his swag is not based on what he drives, his bling, or his ink. He’s more concerned with being sealed by God than tattooed by man. He’s not sweating gold chains because he will be walking on gold in just a little while.
God needs His sons and daughters to understand their true worth. He wants you to know that you are created in the image of the Almighty God, that you are His workmanship, created for good works.
You see, in the secular world the market value usually determines the worth of a thing. But in truth, something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. The Microsoft executive, Steve Ballmer, was criticized for paying $2 billion dollars for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise when the market said the team was really worth $700 million. But it’s worth whatever he was willing to pay for it.
We all have a market value based upon the color of our skin, where we come from, or what we have accomplished. And perhaps, like me, you’ve had someone say that you aren’t worth much; they say you’re only worth what’s in your bank account. But the market does not determine your worth. You are worth what someone was willing to pay.
You see, Paul says it this way, “You have been bought with a price.” Without the shedding of blood there could be no remission of sin. You have debt that Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase can’t pay. Peter says we have not been redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus. Your worth was established at Calvary. So it does not matter what the market says. Value cannot be depreciated by mistakes, time or damage. Your value is not determined by what others say, how they feel, or their assessment of you. You’re worth the whole world because Jesus paid it all! Your worth is not determined by your bank account; your worth is seen in your price tag.
DeblEaIre Snell is the Speaker/Director of Breath of Life, and the senior pastor of the Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.
All scriptural texts are taken from the King James Version unless otherwise indicated.
This article is part of our 2022 July/August Issue