I LOVE sports cars! There’s just something about seeing one drive down the road, that always seems to turn my head! Have you ever seen a sports car and wondered what it was worth? When an expensive price is placed on that car, you automatically know that it’s extremely valuable! When someone’s willing to pay a lot of money for something, the value goes up!
The greatest price that was ever paid for something, was paid for you! You read that correctly! Jesus’ sacrifice was the highest price that was ever paid. So, guess what? That means that your value is immeasurable to God! But you have to know the value that has been placed on you! That same value that was put on Jesus, has been placed on us!
An example of value being placed on someone, can be found in 1 Kings 19:19–21 (The Message). “Elijah went straight out and found Elisha son of Shaphat in a field where there were twelve pairs of yoked oxen at work plowing; Elisha was in charge of the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak (represented Elijah’s anointing & power) over him. Elisha deserted the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please! Let me kiss my father and mother good-bye—then I’ll follow you.” “Go ahead,” said Elijah, “but, mind you, don’t forget what I’ve just done to you.” So Elisha left; he took his yoke of oxen and butchered them. He made a fire with the plow and tackle and then boiled the meat—a true farewell meal for the family. Then he left and followed Elijah, becoming his right-hand man.
Elijah told him not to forget what he had done. We cannot forget that God has placed this incredible value on us! We also can’t allow anyone or any thought to contradict the truth of our value.
John 3:16-17 (NKJV) says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
That verse specifically says the goal of salvation is “everlasting life.” Next week we will talk about having everlasting life. Remember…you are worth everything!