When I make dumb decisions with my money, I like to write about how money is dumb. Well, that’s not exactly true, but the fact that we hinge the value of objects, things, and even people upon something so trivial as money or popularity is truly a sad and dumb part of our society.
Money is just stuff, pieces of metal, paper, or plastic; or not even pieces of anything, just black numbers on a white page or lines of computer code. For some reason, our world is valued on the basis of such non-glorious stuff.
As things age, they decline in value or lose their value altogether, or they become invaluable, because they have endured the ravages of time. No one seems to have that much control over the value of an object or thing, or the power to decide its worth; the value of worldly things seems to depend wholly on what the person with the money thinks. But what gives that person power? Money? Money is not a living thing, where it can speak curses or blessings (though it seems to curse some with its absence, while its absence blesses others, or curse some with its presence, while its presence blesses others). It seems to me that money is not the deciding factor on whether a person is blessed.
No amount of stuff adds blessing or value to life itself. Some are blessed, because they have chosen to look upon what God has given and not what He hasn’t. Some are blessed, because they have chosen to bless others and think of others’ needs above their own. But “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of His own will begat He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.” (James 1:17-18) Those with the money decide what they will pay for an object, but their terms of value have no authority beyond money itself. They give stuff in exchange for stuff, but God gave His only Son in exchange for us… What does that say about our value? For one, it says that the value of a human life is incalculable. We only know that God Himself laid down His own life to buy back His beloved ones, to secure us unto Himself as a peculiar treasure.
We are fooled into thinking that money is the ultimate goal; along with relationships, fame, and worldly approval. But all of those things count as nothing, only filthy rags that perish with the using and abusing. Only One gives value, adds value, and decides value: Jesus Christ. He has the authority to decide, because He paid the highest price for those the world deemed as worthless, as well as for those that world deemed of great worth. He came to earth and died for the lost, broken, condemned, and hurting. He came for all men; “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. “(Romans 3:23)
Who would want to pay anything (much less, lay down their own life) for one such as me? Well, that was my Creator’s desire, to lay down His life for me, and that is exactly what He did.
Jesus came to earth as a man, taking on human flesh. And just like you and me, He could bleed, He could get sick, He could be hungry and thirsty, and He could be tired and in need. But in all of those things, no matter what Jesus suffered, He never cursed His Father and never sinned. Though Jesus was not the most handsome according to the world’s standards, yet He was perfect in every way. His whole life was spent to glorify His Father in Heaven and He performed wondrous miracles of healing and providence that thousands of people were witness to. The Words that He spoke were controversial, but pierced through to the hearts of those present. He called out spiritual leaders for their hypocrisy, He stated that anyone who believes in Him should eat of His body and drink of His blood, and He asked for the rich to give up everything and follow Him. Jesus was not always popular, His fame was sometimes equated with infamy, and He didn’t even need money to feed Himself or His followers; He (and they) only needed faith. But Jesus did not base His worth upon the world’s yard-stick, but upon the glory of His Father. He knew that He was loved by His Father and that His Father was pleased by His obedience, and that was enough for Him… And He came to earth to show that we, too, are loved by our Heavenly Father and by His Son. If we believe in the name of Jesus and obey His Word, the Holy Bible, we are fully blessed.
The value of a life is not decided in terms of money, fame, age, size, popularity, or approval; it is decided at the foot of the cross, in terms of blood, scars, and an empty tomb. No matter what we are given here on earth, or what we lose, we cannot lose the value that God has placed upon us; we are priceless in the eyes of our Creator. “Because you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” (Isaiah 43:4)
Have you realized your worth, yet? Have you realized the price that was paid for you? If you have, then that realization should lead you to action, because those that God loves, He has called out of darkness and into His light. That means that we should no longer live in sin, because sin cannot abide the light. Within the light, darkness cannot dwell, for those that are in the light have their deeds exposed for all to see; that all may see how Jesus redeems and has set them free. At first, sins will be seen, but repentance and humility will cause the light to shine through and draw other lost souls to the One Who makes all things new.
So, when I think of money, I think of how it is truly nothing, but my Savior has made the value of my soul incalculable. It certainly puts life (and even my own stupidity) into perspective.