We use this word a lot these days. We value our employees, we value people’s feelings, and we value other’s time, property, and opinion. We like value when it refers to a bargain.. We have values-morals and standards to which we adhere.
We value time, money, talents. But the biggest question is this…
Where do you find your value?
This chair was at an upscale home interiors store in NYC with a tag that said ‘as is, $3995’.
Are you kidding me? Four thousand for a chair that looks like it’s been attacked by a band of ferrel cats. I wanted to tell all the customers in the store to fly to Arkansas and just pick up some chairs like this on trash day.
So why the big price tag? The chair’s claim to fame was age and geography. A French antique. Antique dealers and the store in NYC assigned that chair value. That chair has value because we were told it does. It really has no inherent value on its own (it can’t even perform its only function-providing a comfortable place to sit)
So what does someone do with a ripped up $4,000 chair? I don’t know, but what I do know is that my value is found in something more than age, (although there is something to value in age, she says as she approaches 50!) and certainly found in something more significant than geography.
For some value is in work.
For some value is in children.
For some value is in looks, physique, size…
For some value is in the checkbook.
For some value is in the doing-volunteering, ministry, serving, giving (all good, all biblical, but not the source of value).
For some value is in a name, reputation, status.
But there is only one true place to find value. One True One that is the source of value, who is of worth, who bestows worth on the unworthy.
My value is in Christ and Christ alone.
He outlasts all else.
He out shines all else.
He is everything, everywhere.
He sees everything. He knows everyone.
He knows the beginning, the middle and the end of my story, my journey.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9
Anything that I say or do that is of worth is only so because of His grace, mercy and faithfulness. And when I fail (which I do on quite a regular basis), there is no change in my value.
My value has nothing to do with what I do, or who I am. It is grounded solely in whose I am.
What a great freedom. The freedom of knowing that no matter how old I get, how tattered I get, or where I end up geographically I have value. Value that has been assigned to me by the grace of being His. Not that is of great worth.