So, I know it's been a LONG time, but things have been busy. Maybe you already know that I went with the Youth Group to YC this past weekend. It was an amazing experience, and I DEFINITELY hope to go next year, too! Perhaps some other time I will write about some of the lessons from there, but I thought of a different subject for tonight: Our Value.
I was thinking about it, and... money is weird. Haven't you noticed? When I get people gifts for Christmas or birthdays or whatever, I tend to want to just buy a present for them and give it to them. I'm much more hesitant to put a $20 bill in their card... even though I'd probably spend the same amount on a gift. Why? Money has become so important in this day and age for simply survival, and for luxury.
But, have you ever thought about the value of a $20 bill? I mean, it's kind of just a piece of paper. (Or, rather, papery plastic.) I know there are exotic materials and different fabrics and inks on that sheet, but... is it REALLY worth $20? Or is it worth twenty dollars just because we've established that it's worth twenty dollars? We say it's worth twenty, but does that mean that it really is?
Technically, if that is true, we could take any small, seemingly insignificant object- say, a paperclip, tell everyone that it's worth five dollars, claim it until you gain publicity, and eventually.... it will be worth five dollars. Wouldn't it be funny if that was really how it worked? Well, it kind of is.
(Pause! Just to let you know, I am determined on keeping this post relatively short, because I am very aware that my blog posts tend too exceed regular lengths. It's not necessarily bad... but I'd just thought I'd be a little more brief.)
So, getting back to my previous point: Making nothing worth something is actually possible, because it's excatly what Christ did for us.
Evolution and the world tells us that we are worth nothing. There's nothing special about us, nothing worth while. We were just a freak accident, and came to be by random chance. It tells us that our personalities, our intellect, our talents and gifts, our looks, they aren't anything unique or meaningful, they're just the coincidental make-up of random cells.
But, that is not what God says. On the contrary, He created us unique and special. I know it sounds cliche, but just think about it. If we evolved from monkeys, we would be worth absolutely nothing. Everything on earth would be pointless. But, God created us! Because He sent Jesus to be in us, we became precious!
It's like that $20 bill. We could be just a regular person, sharing the same fate as those around us: fire. (see the connection? Paper- fire? Oh nevermind.) But when God created us, when Jesus came down, it was like He took this $20 bill and said, "Look! I am taking _________ and making her/him precious, and priceless." That $20 bill wouldn't be worth much if the government didn't say it was. We wouldn't be worth anything if God didn't say so. But He did. He said we are worth an infinite amount. God is infinite and perfect, and we are made in His image. (Genesis 1:27) Jeremiah 1:5 ~ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.
There are so many other verses talking about the depth of His unfailing love for us. It's hard to understand. But just remember one thing: God chose you! He chose YOU! He chose you and made you beautiful, and worth more than all the twenty dollar bills in all the world.