It seems to me, that one of the most over-used buzz words is value.  We have value meals, sales that emphasize the value of a product, and even colleges that stress that students that graduate from them are of higher status than others.

But what really is value? I have heard it said, that a product is only worth what someone will pay. In other words, value is set by how much something means to someone else.

In this day and age, I feel we as a people find our value in what we have, what we can offer, or our worth in what someone else has established.  

Currently, I am recovering from a herniated disc and some damage to a nerve.  This drives me nuts, and here is why.  I cannot do many of the things I have always been able to, and much of what I need to do.

In fact, if I am honest, I have always felt that one of my biggest assets (value) is being able to make anything work, and get the job done.

This may be the lesson God is teaching me. My value is not in what I have done, how much money I make or have made, my education, title, house I live in, or the work I can accomplish.  My value is in who I am in Christ! 

That is a humbling experience to a guy, that seemingly could always take on the world! It is in this that I am reminded of Galatians 2:20, as the Apostle Paul writes:

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

So here's the challenge for you and I both...  Start seeing yourself as Christ sees you, not as the world does.  Know and find your value in the Lord Jesus Christ, not what someone or something tells you that you are, or what you can do or have done.

If we acknowledge this, we will soon learn that we are invaluable, because we are Christ’s, and He is ours!

Remember, Jesus thinks you are to die for, shouldn’t that matter more than anything else?

Pastor J