God says I am valuable. I used to love visiting antique stores and flea markets. Sorting through all sorts of stuff, looking for a treasure, was a focused effort. What a sense of accomplishment when I found something truly unique and special. I still have many of those collectibles some 30 years later. I remember being in a shop outside of St. Louis once looking at a tall base. It was simple but really pretty. I didn't know if it was old or valuable, I just liked it. But, on my college budget, I thought $35 might be a little much. I was a bargain hunter, after all! I remember asking my friend, an artist, whether he thought it was worth $35. He answer was profound. "Anything is only worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. If it's worth it to you, it's worth it."
I've thought about that statement a lot over the years as I've shopped. I've always tried to be a good steward of my resources, practical and within my means, as my daddy taught me. There have been a few things over the years that make me happy simply because they just spoke to me. With no rhyme or reason, a piece of art, flowers for my garden, an awaited book or colorful jewelry brought me joy. I liked it because I liked it. So, maybe I splurged once in a while on things that were valuable to me.
Two verses in 1 Corinthians reference the the price God paid for us. Chapter 7, verse 23 says, "God paid a high price for you, so don't be enslaved by the world." Chapter 6, verse 20 also says, "for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."
God says I am valuable. My value is not based on who I am or what I do. It doesn't increase when I accomplish or achieve or win. It doesn't decrease when I fail, when I'm wrong or when I royally mess up. (What a negative number that would be...were anyone keeping score!) I am valuable only because God paid a high price for me. He ransomed my messed up life with the life of His perfect son. He paid that price because He loved me. He paid that price because of who He is. He loved me first. He feels the same about you. God says we are valuable.
(P.S. I bought the $35 vase. I still have it. It still makes me smile.)