What’s It Worth? – Part 2 of 2

Continued from Part 1

“Thousands of dollars! What you’re holding in your hand is worth thousands!” he proclaimed, trying in vain to contain his emotions.

My friend went on to explain just how few of those books were still in existence. Feeling now like the “Indiana Jones of Beatledom”, I began gloating in my recent acquisition. But then I wondered, “Wow, with a find like this, maybe I should put it away in a place for safe-keeping. I mean, what if someone finds out I have it. They might want to steal it.”

While pondering how to protect my newfound treasure, I decided to check out E-bay, just to see if anyone else owned, or more importantly, was looking for such a collector’s item. And so, logging on to their web site, I typed in the information related to the “Get Back” photo book. Immediately, two items appeared, both identical to mine.

“That’s interesting” I thought to myself. “I wonder how much they’re selling for.”

Scrolling down the page, I was shocked to see a whopping price of . . .

 . . . $25!

“No way!” I said out loud. “This has to be some kind of mistake. They must have forgotten to add a couple of zeroes on the end of the price.”

Checking the other identical item, I discovered it too was selling for the same low price.

“What is this? Wal-Mart?” I said. “You don’t sell a rare find like this for discount prices!”

Needless to say, I was crushed, mainly because I was already thinking of ways to spend that few thousand extra dollars. And so, with my ego thoroughly deflated, and my dreams of owning the “Holy Grail” dashed against the rocks, I logged off my computer as my wife remarked,

“Just remember, sweetheart. It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it”

“It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.”

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In other words, the real value of something is determined, not by some unchanging, universal standard, but rather by how much cash a person is willing to shell out for it. Take a diamond, for example. C’mon, what is it really? It’s a ROCK! A mineral deposit. A piece of the earth! And yet, at some point in history we decided it had enormous value. The same goes for gold or any other “precious metal”. Or what about the value of land? An acre in western Kansas might sell for $300. But the same size real estate in lower Manhattan might sell for $3,000,000 or more! It’s all about location in real estate. Supply and demand. But it’s also about what someone is willing to pay for it. The same goes for cars, CD’s, cell phones, plane tickets and yes…..

…even Beatle memorabilia (oh the humanity!).

Can anybody feel my pain?!

You ever wondered what you’re worth? What your real value is? Your true “net worth’? A group of scientists once estimated that if you separate all the components of your body into minerals and water, you could sell them for around $10.

But is that it? Is that all you’re worth? Can a person’s value really be boiled down to a monetary figure? 

Your personal worth determines your sense of significance. It’s how important you are. And we all want to feel important, don’t we? It’s our desire to have value. A craving that comes from deep inside us. Every one of us longs for significance, that confident inner assurance that we’re really “somebody”. 

Ok then. So when you get an extra 15-20 seconds, read John 3:16 & Romans 5:8 from an actual Bible.

The repeat this to yourself 3x,

“I am only worth what someone is willing to pay for me.”

Feeling important yet?

Cactus Christians

Ever wonder what people think about you? Sure you do. But you tell yourself it doesn’t really matter, right? I mean, who cares what people think? We tell ourselves, “It only matters what GOD thinks about me,” simultaneously affirming ourselves with an emotional pat on the back. Usually when you say something like that to yourself, you’re thinking about people who don’t treat you right, or who have an unflattering opinion of you. Some people just “don’t get” you. Others are stupid and clueless. (I see you nodding in agreement) After all, if you let what others think of you sink in, you’ll be so busy trying to please everybody that you’ll never really know who you are. So, yes, what God thinks about you actually is the only opinion that ultimately matters. 

But the question is, “What does God think about you?”

The answer is not as simple as you might think. We’re programmed to proclaimed “God loves me unconditionally!” and rightly so, and then we move on our merry way. But God also has other thoughts about you. He loves you just the way you are. That will never change. But He also loves you too much to let you stay that way. He doesn’t jut think about the “You” you are today, but He is actively planning the “You” you’ll be in 5 years if you keep faithfully following Him. He thinks about you growing. Changing. Becoming. Being better than you are now. Stronger. More mature. That’s because He’s not finished making you yet.

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Bottom Line: He wants you to be like His Son, so much so that He has ordained it from eternity past! (Romans 8:29). In reality, God thinks lots of thoughts about you. For example, He wants you to show amazing, unusual, countercultural love to His children – your brothers and sisters in Christ (John 13:35). He says this is even more important than feeding the hungry, serving in the community or caring for an orphan (Galatians 6:10). It’s a matter of priority. We begin with the family and move out with love in concentric circles from there (Matthew 22:37-39).

Being a loving person first means knowing you are deeply loved. It means you His love in you overflows to other believers.

Is that what others think about you?

Some “Christians” I know just don’t give love. It’s not one of the tools in their toolbox. They’re rough and “prickly”.

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Others are so insecure, they insulate themselves, preventing anyone from really getting close to them.

Insulated

These people are also difficult to spiritually hug.

It makes me wonder if they have ever truly experienced God’s love.

So what does God think of you? If we could interview Him, would He say you’re becoming a loving person?

After all, you can’t give away what you don’t have, right?