Today’s Reading: Luke 9:7-27 (additional reading: Psalm 72:1-20 & Proverbs 12:8)
Have you ever heard the expression, “I would like to buy him/her for what their worth and sell them for what they think their worth.” You may have even said that about someone. But I can assure you that you could never buy a person for what they are worth.
How much are you worth? What is your net value? If you fill out a will or take out a loan – they will try to determine what is your net worth? But what determines your worth? Is it how much money you have in the bank or saving? Is it how much property or material things you possess? What make you uniquely you? How are you different from any other person on earth – now or has ever been? You are the only one of your kind. You are different physically: finger print – heart beat – DNA; You are different mentally: We don’t think alike- no two brains work the same; You are different spiritually: We have strengths and weaknesses. Someone once said “You are different, just like everyone else!”
I don’t know what you consider the worth of your soul today but Jesus believed that one soul was worth more than all the wealth of this world. LUKE 9:25 – For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
How could anyone take lightly his soul? How could anyone ignore his soul in the light of what the Almighty God has paid for it? The blood of his dear Son. Jesus thought so much of your soul that he came from heaven and suffered the pangs of death and scorn of this life to save your soul.
Melvin Tinker said “Whether they were rich or poor, religious or pagan, sick or healthy, it didn’t matter; every single person was valued and loved by (Jesus), and by loving them He actually increased their value.”
My worth is what I am worth to God; and that is a marvelous great deal, for Christ died for me. Thus, incidentally, what gives to each of us His highest worth gives the same worth to everyone; in all that matters most are we equal. There is a sense in which the human soul has caved in on itself and is now held captive by a fixation with its own states and conditions and concerns. The soul has become parasitic on itself, feeding on its needs and cravings by excessive introspection and elaborate attempts to elevate its sense of self-worth. Your soul was never meant for this. You were designed for something better. You were built for the contemplation of something infinitely more complex, something incomparably more fascinating than your own “self.” You were created for the joyful contemplation of God.