The true measure of your worth

May our eyes be opened to see that our worth is best measured by the price that was paid for us!

 

You are worth that much

May your eyes be opened to see

Just how much God has loved you

Just how much He paid for you

To become His own

That with His everlasting love

From eternity He’s drawn you

From eternity He’s called you

To become His own

For no price could be too high

So that he could say ‘you’re mine!’

He gave His life up

That is what you’re worth

You are worth that much

 

May your eyes be opened to see

Just how much God has loved you

Just how much He paid for you

To become His own

For with His everlasting love

From eternity He’s drawn you

From eternity He’s called you

To become His own

You are the apple of His eye

You are always on His mind

He gave His life up

That’s what you’re worth

You are worth that much

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You were not bought with silver coins

You were not bought with golden bars 

He gave His life up

That’s what you’re worth

You are worth that much

For your sake, spears pierced His side

For your sake, nails pierced His hands

He gave His life up

That’s what you’re worth

You are worth that much

 

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“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,  but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.  He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” ( 1 Peter 1:17-20, NIV)

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”  (Jeremiah 31:3, NIV)

Speaking to the people, Jesus continued, “Be alert and guard your heart from greed and always wishing for what you don’t have. For your life can never be measured by the amount of things you possess.” (Luke 12:15, TPT)

 

What is the true measure of your worth?

The world pays a lot of attention to people who have vast possessions. We are fascinated with those who are super-rich.  The media capitalizes on this fascination by publishing annual rankings of the most-wealthy or the most-highly paid.

The world also pays significant attention to people who are good looking.  In fact, for some careers, good looks are an advantage. This has driven some  to pay a fortune to have their faces re-done.

Yet we were meant for so much more. And we are worth so much more. What we own and how we look can never define our identity or our worth.  And it was Jesus who declared this defining truth : “a man’s life doesn’t consist in what he owns” (Luke 12:15).

The source of the lies about where our worth really lies is Satan, for he is both God’s enemy and ours. Wanting to rob us of what really matters, he continually tries to seduce us to live for far less. This lie has tragic consequences.  Some have been led on a never- ending and unsatisfying pursuit for wealth ( Ecclesiastes 5:10 ). Material possessions become objects to feast our eyes on, or put on display (  Ecclesiastes 5:11), rather than  blessings to enjoy and share (1 Timothy 6:17-18 ). Things become more important than people. Ultimately, we walk away from the one who truly loves us and pursue deceptive, deeply disappointing alternatives ( Jeremiah 2:13). Many years ago, I asked a colleague at work whether the pursuit of wealth was a worthwhile ambition. I remember his cynical response as if it was yesterday: “What else is there?” Yet a couple of years later, he admitted that he was empty and unfulfilled.

Jesus  did not have any net worth to speak of – He said that foxes and birds had more to their name than he did ! ( Luke 9:58 ). His appearance did not give Him any advantage      ( Isaiah 53:2 ) Yet He always had enough to do what needed to be done and He lived a life whose impact would reverberate not just for thousands of  years after Him, but for eternity.

Free to live for what really matters, He was relentless in His mission – to reconcile man back to the ultimate reason for living – a relationship with God in which we know Him, enjoy His love and advance His purposes on earth.  And He paid the ultimate sacrifice in the process, because we were worth it!

What is the true measure of our worth? His life given up is the true measure of our worth.

This devotional is from “the Awakening” Series.

Photo by David Dibert from Pexels

 

 

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