I was watching the news a while back and a story aired about how a Pablo Picasso painting had recently sold at auction for $179 million. You don’t have to be an art expert to realize that $179 million is a ridiculous amount of money no matter who the painter is. I’m not going to pretend I know anything about art (because I would definitely be pretending), but I was thinking about what made that painting so valuable. The paints and equipment Picasso used to make the painting couldn’t have been worth more than a few hundred or maybe a few thousand dollars, so that isn’t where the value comes from. I would venture to say that it was not the beauty or the talent exhibited in the painting itself that made it valuable. To again state my disclaimer, I know nothing about art, but I guarantee you that if it was my signature in the bottom corner instead of Picasso’s, no matter how good of a painting it was, it wouldn’t sell for more than a few hundred dollars (and that’s probably a high estimate). It’s the creator that gives the painting value.
Can you see where I’m going with this? In our world, value is attributed to a person based on what they have to offer. Good looks, talents, or possessions are what people believe they must acquire in order to have value, but the Bible turns this notion on its head. We are valuable not because of who we are, but because of who God is.
Our value no longer comes from our abilities or the way we look or the money we have and things we own. It comes from the fact that we were hand-made by the God of the universe. That takes a lot of pressure off of us doesn’t it! If someone were to ask you, “Why do you love me?” and you answered by naming an attribute about that person, for instance their looks or their humor, their identity would automatically shift to that attribute. They will feel as if they always have to be good-looking or always have to be funny because that’s where they believe their worth is found, but that’s not what makes us valuable. We are valuable simply because of who we are: creations of Almighty God.
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