Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-19
How much do you think you’re worth? It depends on who you ask, and what they’re counting.
If you were to ask an accountant, you’d find out that your worth could be extremely low or extremely high, depending on your assets. Michael Jackson, who created some of the most memorable music in history, was once asked by a reporter: “How much do you think you’re worth?” Jackson replied, “It’s way up there.” Michael was counting the value of his accumulated wealth, including his 50% ownership of the entire Beatles music collection.
If you were to ask Wired magazine, you’d find out that you’re worth about $45 million. That’s because they’re counting the value of the organs, tissues, and fluids that make up your body, assuming it were legal to sell them on the open market (which it’s not). According to hospital and insurance estimates, your bone marrow alone is worth about $23 million, based on 1,000 grams at $23,000 per gram. One lung would be worth $116,400, a kidney $91,400 and a heart $57,000.
If you were to ask the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, you’d find out that your net worth is just under one dollar. That’s because they’re counting your worth in terms of the market value of the chemicals and minerals that make up your body, including 65% oxygen, 18% carbon, 10% hydrogen, 3% nitrogen, and trace quantities of silicon, copper, aluminum, arsenic and so on.
But if you were to ask God, the One who created you and loves you more than anyone else in the world, you’d get an answer that blows all the others away.
That’s because God counts your worth in terms of how much He loves you. But calculating God’s love for you is nearly impossible. The Apostle Paul tried to express how much God loved the people in Ephesus, but he knew they would hardly be able to comprehend it. So he got down on his knees and prayed that they would have the power to grasp just how much God loved them. Here’s what he wrote:
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge―that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-19).
How much are you worth? If you were to calculate it according to God’s love for you, you’d find out that the answer is much closer to Michael Jackson’s than any other: “It’s way up there!”
When God created you, and the world in which you live, He spared no expense, lavishing His love on you with all kinds of colors, flavors, sights, sounds, attractions and delights.
And when God saw that you were going astray, He spared no expense to get you back, paying more to save you than just $1 dollar, or $1,000 dollars or $45 million dollars. He paid more than an arm and a leg. He even paid more than what many consider the ultimate price―giving up His life for you. He went even further than that, and sacrificed the life of His most beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
And when Jesus died for you, He didn’t do it because He had to, He did it because He wanted to. He did it because He loves you, because He considers you to be His friend.
“Greater love has no one than this,” Jesus said, “than He lay down His life for His friends” (John 15:13).
You’re worth more to God than you might even be able to comprehend. But still I pray that God will give you the power today to grasp just how “wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” … for you.
Prayer: Father, I pray that You would give me the power today to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for me. I pray that You would help me to give up my simple thoughts that maybe You don’t love me because of what I have or don’t have, or what others say or don’t say about my worth, but to realize just how vast and complex and astounding is Your love for me. I pray that You would overwhelm me with Your love today in a way that I can see it, sense it, know it, and believe it, deep in my heart. In Jesus’ name, Amen.