DayBreaks for 8/02/16 – Still Valuable
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2006:
A man once stood up in front of a large group of people and pulled a crisp $20 bill out of his pocket. Holding it up, he asked, “Whoever would like to have this $20 bill, please raise your hand.” Virtually every hand in the room was raised. The speaker then took the $20 bill and crumpled it up in his hand so it was no longer crisp and like new. “Whoever would like to have this $20 bill, please raise your hand,” he said. All the hands went up again. Next, the speaker took the wadded up $20 bill and tossed it onto the ground beside the podium. He proceeded to step on the bill, grinding it into the floor, before he stooped over and picked it up. Looking at the gathering, he asked one more time, “Now, whoever would still like to have this $20 bill, please raise your hand.” All the hands were once again raised.
What’s the point? Well, you and I can be an awful like that $20 bill. We start out crisp and fresh – and when we’re that way, very few would debate that the tiny human life is worth a lot. But as we grow, we encounter life’s turbulence and we get folded and spindled and somewhat mutilated. We don’t look as good as when we were little, there are flaws in our appearance. Ultimately, life (either as a result of some decision we make or situations beyond our control), grinds us into the dirt of sin and degradation.
In the story, the people in the room had no doubt about the fact that the wadded up or stomped on $20 bill was still worth $20. It could be redeemed anywhere for a fresh $20 or for goods and services. It had value, and the value was the same whether it was brand new, slightly wrinkled, or heavily soiled.
Awful things may have happened in your life. Your life may have been filled with pain and dirt and ugliness. You may very well question how God could find anything in you that is of value. Learn from the illustration – if the $20 bill still retains its value, don’t you? Your value to God, your preciousness to Him – remains intact regardless of the things you have done or which have been done to you. You are still worth the blood of the Lamb and all the wrinkles and dirt on your life don’t diminish your value.
God has already said He wants you to give your life to Him regardless of how ugly it has been. Unlike the $20 bill, you also have a choice. Will you accept that fact that He loves you and has put such a high price on your value, or will you refuse to believe that He still wants you after the life you’ve lived?
You are precious to Him! (1 Pet. 1:19; 2:4)
PRAYER: Thank you for your love for us that never ends and which knows no limits. Help up to never confuse our brokenness and sinfulness with worthlessness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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