Value is something that is assigned to so many aspects of today’s society. That T.V. you want is worth $400, the car you just bought was $10,000, and the job you have is worth $60,000 or whatever your salary’s value might be. We define something’s worth based upon its value to our lives and the lives of those around us. This works when we are defining worldly objects. For example, a car is worth more than a pack of gum. If we kept our definition of value strictly to material objects there would be no problem. However, value no longer represents the price or worth of materials in this world. It has now taken form as a way to define our looks, talents, and very being.
One of the saddest betrayals found in the Bible occurs between Jesus and one of his disciples Judas. It is perhaps one of the most well known stories in the Bible. Judas betrays Jesus to the chief priests with a kiss for just 30 pieces of silver. For 30 pieces of silver, Judas was willing to betray the Son of God, Savior to all, and forgiver of our sins to the men who would later crucify Him. I want to say that many of us would not do what Judas had done. I want to say that we would have turned away the silver and ran back into the arms of the One willing to die for our transgressions. However, given the right sum of money, I am sure things wouldn’t have been any different. There are a lot of things in this world our society is willing to do for a certain sum of money. Sell our bodies, sell our future, or sell our self worth. And why? Because we place value on things. Judas placed a value on Jesus’ life: 30 pieces of silver. What Judas ultimately placed a value over was his eternal future. He thought that 30 pieces of silver was worth more to him as a person than the forgiveness that Christ brought. What values do we have placed over our own lives? We live in a world where money can buy anything. But money cannot buy God’s grace and forgiveness, His mercy and healing. No price tag can cover these gifts and that is why Jesus came to save our damaged bodies and souls. When one is sitting in despair and loneliness, no thing he can purchase will fill the gaping hole within his heart. No amount of money given to him will make him feel any better internally.
When we place our value and worth in Christ over worldly objects, only then can we find the peace that God is offering us. One is forever lost if they are searching for something to buy rather than something to receive. The value and worth of our lives here isn’t something we gift ourselves. It is something we have already been gifted. Search no longer for meaning within society or within your possessions. Let us turn towards the cross, for that is where our values are made evident: the Son of Man was willing to die on your behalf, to save you from yourself.
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”