How much are you worth?
Low self-esteem plagues my generation. It’s no wonder when the world says that a person’s worth is in the number of friends and social media followers they have.
Worth is also determined by your looks and how attractive you are to members of the opposite gender. If you are not found attractive, then you are less than those that are.
For some in my generation, being athletic is what determines your worth. If you are really good at sports and especially if you are good enough to obtain a college scholarship, then you are automatically a social step above everyone else.
For my parent’s generation, worth is determined by your success. Your title, your career, your academic degrees, the luxurious vacations you take, and the size of your bank account all contribute to a person’s worth.
Sure, the number of friends you have and how attractive you are to others also matters, but maybe slightly less than those below 30.
But is all this really what dictates our worth?
Are we really worth nothing more than the size of our friend group, our successful career, our social media following, our financial success, and our looks?
Maybe this is how you measure your worth. Maybe you let the world tell you how much you are worth, and maybe it has left you feeling worthless, inadequate, and undesirable.
If this is you, let me encourage you: let Jesus tell you how much you are worth.
Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31, ESV).
In this passage, Jesus explains how God looks after and cares for the sparrows. God cares deeply for His creation and sustains the entire universe with His power (Hebrews 1:3). But even as much value as God places on the sparrows to care for and sustain them, He values you more.
You are of more value to God than all of His creation. He created humans in His image (Genesis 1:27). God created YOU in His image. This means you have a certain value that other parts of God’s creation do not have.
God loves all of His creation, but you, being made in His image, have a special place in His heart.
Jesus values and loves you so much that He died for you.
The King of the universe, the Creator of all, saw you, His enemy, dead in your sins and thought you are worth dying for.
Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, ESV). God gave His only Son up to save you from your sins. He loves you that much. He believes you are worth that much.
So how much are you worth?
You are worth more than the world says you are. You are worth more than the sparrows and the rest of God’s creation. But most importantly, you are worth the life of God’s only Son.
Let Jesus tell you how much you are worth, because He believes your value is immeasurable.