Quick question: what is value? When I asked my husband, he said,” it’s a ratio of how much you get out of something for how much you put in.” On my words, that would be “the ratio of effort to reward.”
Normally, we see money as value. Money has more of a defined value. For example, $1.00 has the same value as 100 pennies or 20 nickels or 10 dimes or 4 quarters. Today, if you had $2.00, you could buy 1 gallon of gas at the local gas station.
What about some other things? For example, what’s the value of a car or a house? A “crappy” car still gets you from point A to point B, so in reality that type of car has more real value than a “fancy” car. So if you go back to my definition (the ratio of effort to reward), you have to put a lot more money (effort) into that fancy car for no more reward. Therefore, it’s actually “less valuable”.
OK, let’s switch gears. What’s the difference between value and worth? Worth is literally the monetary cost of something while value is based more on importance to an individual person. For example, my great-grandmother’s wedding ring isn’t “worth” much in money, but it is very “valuable” to me.
But what about things that aren’t “things”? How do you value yourself? What’s your opinion of yourself? Sometimes mine is high, and sometimes it is low, depending on what we may be discussing. For others, I think their opinion of themselves is WAY TOO HIGH in some areas but WAY TOO LOW in other areas.
Most importantly, as a Christian, what does the Bible say our value is? In Matthew 10:29-31, Jesus tells us, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke writes it this way in Luke 12:6-7, “ Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
God sees common things, like sparrows, and notices when they fall. So, if God is telling us that we are so valuable that He has the hairs on our head numbered, then we MUST be pretty valuable. But do we live like we’re valuable, or do we treat ourselves like the common sparrow?
I feel as we (as people) are the valuable “crappy car”. We are important to God. He sees value in us. How do we know that? He chose us as His vehicle to deliver the Gospel. He could have chosen so many different ways to accomplish this in what would appear to be a more glamorous way, but He chose us! God sees us as important instruments. We need to see ourselves the same way.
He took the time to make us and the effort to rescue us from Hell…isn’t it time we started seeing ourselves as that valuable and live our lives accordingly?