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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What is Your Value?

In 1938, DC Comics published a comic book called Action Comics #1, which introduced a character called Superman. At the time, this comic book sold for 10 cents. In 2014, a copy of that rare comic sold for a whopping 3.2 million dollars, making it the most valuable comic ever produced.

In 1918, the United States Post Office issued a 24 cent air mail stamp displaying a picture of a Curtiss JN4HM bi-plane. The stamp was printed in a great rush and some of the stamps displayed the picture of the plane upside-down. Despite the fact that they bear a flaw, the few stamps bearing the error became one of the most prized stamps in philatelic history. In 2016, one of these stamps sold at auction for $1,351,250.00.

What makes these comics and stamps so valuable? They are not printed on gold or silver. They do not have precious gems in them. They are nothing more than paper and ink, yet they and other items like them, have sold for tremendous amounts of money. Why? Because a value has been placed on them by those who desire them. And those who desire these things are willing to pay whatever is necessary to procure them.

The Bible clearly tells us that, in the eyes of God, we have great value (Matthew 10:29-31). After creating man, God looked at His creation and saw that it was not just good, but very good (Genesis 1:31). God valued what He had created. However, because of sin, mankind soon became flawed. But, despite man's flaws, God's love for mankind was not diminished. Rather, because of His love, because He still valued mankind greatly.

So, what is your value? What is my value? What is the value of each and every one of us? Would God pay hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars for us? Is our value to God as great as the value of rare comic books and postage stamps to people? The answer to these questions is found in John 3:16. Our value to God is so great, His love is so deep, that He was willing to pay a price far greater than that paid for a Superman comic book. To wash us clean from the stain of sin, God paid the ultimate price. He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. We are priceless to God!

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