Quotes and highlights from Chapel, May 22, 2018.
We can show the worth of things in a thousand different ways. One way to calculate the worth of something is to see how much someone is willing to pay for it.
Worth can sometimes be determined by a rating system, but that can lead to other issues. as the Harvard Mens’ Soccer team discovered (google it).
Worth can be determined by being chosen. When we are picked for a team in sports we see our worth on the court or the field. Those picked generally first have more worth for that game, while those picked near the end… well, it just doesn’t make you feel so good to be picked last.
Worth can be determined by the actual price of something… What are you worth? Literally, how much is the human body worth? If we equate your worth to stuff that your body consists of, you are worth about USD$160 or about KRW173,000.
Worth can be determined by what someone is willing to do for you.
Worth is also determined by how much money you have. Who was the richest person ever? The richest man in history, according to Money magazine, was Mansa Musa, the king of Timbuktu, who lived between 1280 and 1337 CE. This guy was so rich that historians struggle to describe or calculate how much he had. Just to give you a comparison, the next richest historical figure had an equivalent worth of over $4 trillion. Musa was supposedly beyond that.
This king was rich! No surprise, most kings are!
But the question becomes, what’s your worth? You?
1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
Your worth is not measured in mere gold or silver, but by the precious blood of Christ.
What we see from this passage is that you are worth quite a lot. You have worth because someone was willing to pay something priceless for you (their blood). You have worth because someone was willing to do something extreme for you (they died for you). Your worth is calculated not by what you can do or how much money you have or how awesome at sports you are; your worth is determined by who values you and what they are willing to do for you.
Jesus gave his life in exchange for your life, so in essence you are worth the life of a King. That’s priceless!