You're Priceless

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

As I rummaged up and down the aisles, the shoe department ahead with the caption “Prices Slashed” grabbed my attention. I tried on a pair of lace-less deck shoes. They fit and looked great—and a bargain at 25% off. But as I continued sampling other shoes, I noticed the value I placed on the slip-ons vanished.

It became obvious the shoes only had worth as long as nothing better came along. This was true with other things in my life, such as a navy blue suit I wore a lot, the phone I glared and swiped at all day, and the sedan I just about lived in. 

These possessions didn’t have inherent value in themselves but had value in comparison to other items of the same kind.

On the other hand, there is one thing that does have absolute value—and it’s each and every one of us.

But we often undermine our self-worth by comparing our qualities to those who possess the same kind of qualities. We may ask ourselves, "Since I’m not as educated, am I less admired? Since I’m not as successful, am I less valued? Since I’m not as popular, am I less respected?"

Jesus leaves us with no doubt we’re valuable inherently and carry within us a God-given dignity. Our value doesn’t hinge on the qualities we may or may not have. We’re beyond comparison.

God didn’t make a mistake when He created us. There is no need to compare ourselves to others to prove our worth.

Lord, thank you for helping us understand just how valuable we’re to you and reminding us we don’t need to ever worry about not being valuable enough in Your eyes. Amen.

Doug (CA)