Value is assigned by what?
Some may say that value is defined by a price, how much a thing costs.
Some may say that value is defined by a certain thing’s function, or purpose.
Some may say too that value is defined by a label, or the “maker.”
Still true, and I agree to some extent with each of these.
Something I heard today rattled me, though.
“Worth, value, and beauty are not determined by some innate quality, but by the length to which the owner would go to possess them (people, things, etc.).” – Jason Petty (a.k.a. Propaganda)
I heard this while running (it’s a lyric on a song, by the way) and my brain started in overdrive. What does this mean? Does it mean that I am actually not worth a whole lot purely by nature? Does it mean that something had to happen in order for my worth, value, and beauty to be now defined as quality? I think yes. Yes I am valued by God simply because, no matter what, and regardless. But I also think I am valued and only worth anything because of what God accomplished in His own blood.
It’s a paradox, I know.
I’ve said this a few times before in my blog, but I believe that both value and beauty are innately a part of us because we are made in the image of God. I also believe that we are valued and beautiful and worth more than we could ever know because of the length to which our Creator went to possess us.
God, who created us and formed us in our mothers’ wombs, who knew us before the days had begun, came to the earth in the form of Jesus, His Son. We were already valued and beautiful because God would even come that near to us as He did in Jesus, but even more-so because of what Jesus did for us on that cross, in that tomb, that resurrection from the dead, and by the free gifts of salvation, forgiveness, and His Spirit that He breathes into us.
Do you realize the length to which God went to possess you? I don’t know if I really get it all the time. I think I do, but I know that if I really grasped how much He loves and values me, how beautiful He really says that I am, all my woes and worries would pale in comparison.
We are both valued and beautiful because God made us and because God went to extraordinary, incalculable lengths in Jesus to redeem, rescue, and possess us once again.
Hebrews 13:8 says: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Therefore, Jesus still comes to redeem and rescue, and desires more than anything for all people to be called His.