How much are you worth? If you were able to breakdown your body into its chemical components and then sell them (which you wouldn’t be able to do as you would no longer have a body but bear with me) the total value according to a couple of websites would be around £3.
If you value yourself by what you earn and you have a job, then it will be much more but it isn’t really that simple. Wayne Rooney for instance, may or may not be worth the huge wages that he receives (£250,000 per week according to the papers) but when he becomes too old to play anymore he will no longer be paid in the same way. It is not that Wayne Rooney is worth £250,000 per week, it is what he does on the pitch that is thought to be worth that vast sum.
Many of us watching the terrible pictures from Japan will be astounded that one of the most advanced economies in the world can be brought to a halt by a natural disaster. It is a reminder of just how fragile life can be.
We live in an advanced economy, the sixth largest in the world, we have access to technology that could never have been imagined just a few years ago (although they still haven’t come up with those jet packs that we thought were just around the corner) and even in a recession we are very prosperous compared to most places in the world.
In some ways given this prosperity it’s surprising that so many feel worthless. Whether it is the lack of employment, living in isolation, or the unattainable images of success and beauty, there seems to be a huge issue with low self esteem.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
Those words “everyone to come to repentance” are so important because they tell us that God cares about everyone, so much that Jesus died for you. In other words, you may not be successful or beautiful in worldly terms; you may feel alone or be unemployed, you may consider yourself worthless but the bible tells you that you are loved by God. In fact that love was so great that he sent his own precious son to the cross, because he was not willing to see you perish, because you’re worth it.