Bought and paid for by Jesus
Do you ever wonder about your personal value?
Christmas is a clear indicator that you have great value to God the Father. He loves us so much that he sent Jesus (God the Son) into our world (John 3:16).
We hear that value communicated in the words of Jesus, when he tells his followers “not to worry about everyday life… Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” Matthew 6:25-26
There are two things that determine value:
#1: It depends on what someone is willing to pay. How much is your house worth? Your house is worth what somebody is willing to pay for it.
How much is a baseball card worth? To some, it’s worth nothing. To a collector, it might be worth $10,000.
How much is a piece of art worth? Whatever someone is willing to pay for it.
Here’s what we know: “God paid a high price for you…” (1 Corinthians 7:23, NLT)
#2: It depends on who owned it in the past. A car owned by Elvis Presley would be more valuable than a car owned by me! Or, a guitar on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame holds great value because it was owned by John Lennon.
Based on these two things, what’s your value? Ask yourself, “Who owns me? What was paid for me?” It’s an invitation for us to surrender our lives to Jesus and follow him.
The Bible says that “God bought you with a high price” (1 Corinthians 6:10, NLT). We have been bought and paid for by Christ. We belong to Jesus. How much does that make you worth?
Now ask yourself, “Who do I belong to?” The Bible says we belong to God. God exchanged His own Son for us! The Bethlehem manger and the Calvary cross prove our value. Nobody has ever paid a greater price than God paid for you.