Human For Sale

3/28/17 Devotional

James 1:5

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

“Has your heart been established in the truth that God is not a fault finding God? He’s not simply making marks in a checklist, checking off all the negative issues in your life, trying to paint a picture of who you are based on negativity. ”  

What is your life worth?

I love the Internet, I love technology. You can actually calculate your value  at a website called Human For Sale. Human For Sale calculates one’s worth based on an assessment quiz; income level, your education, physical attributes, your appearance, you weight, your athleticism. Plotting these factors in their calculator and, all of a sudden, a number spits out. My value came in at $3.06 million; and my wife quickly hit the sell button. She was pounding that button, “Sell him, Lord.” No, I’m joking. She didn’t do that. It’s the look she gave me, but that’s not what happened.

Even government institutions value life at different levels. The EPA values life at $9.1 million, the FDA gives the value of a human life at $7.9 million, the Department of Transportation gives value at $6 million. Wired Magazine calculates, breaking down the body’s components and selling them like parting out a car; a lung, a heart, a kidney, you could get as much as $45 million for a human life. If you took your base body chemicals only, it’s worth about $3.60. You could sell for as much as Chicago Bulls’ Derek Rose latest contract or as little as a McDonald’s happy meal, depending on your values assessment. Until you determine a worth of a given thing, you don’t know how to treat it. Until we determine what something is worth, we don’t know how we should respect it. When I know your value, I know your story, I know your background, I knew your history, now I have a way in which to relate to, treat and  connect to you as a person. , one-on-one, a sense of value is built. As we learn each other’s history and story, we begin to develop and build a value, a sense of value.

How does God determine your worth to Him?

Most of us fear this level of evaluation from God. We fear that God will judge us in His evaluation. Is God’s relationship with us based simply on judgment? Well, sure, he judges sin. The Bible is very clear that he judges sin in our life, but is the total of the relationship based on judgment.  Are we earning a place at the table, that we earn our respect towards God, and then he finally calls us worthy? No. We know that our sin was taken up by Jesus on the cross, which leveled the playing field and each of us now have an intrinsic value.

Sometimes we assume that God is a fault finding God. I love how Scripture so eloquently drops nuggets of gold and sometimes we don’t even catch it. There’s a discourse that Paul has (1 Corinthians 6:3) and he’s talking about judgment and judging in the church and how we should relate to one another when there’s problems and he says, “Don’t you know that you will judge angels someday?” You want to go, “Paul, what are you talking about? Elaborate on that a little bit. No, we don’t know that we’re going to judge angels and could you please give us an understanding?” but he doesn’t. In the Scripture, we have this beautiful nugget dropped right in the middle. “If you would ask wisdom, if you’re lacking wisdom, ask God, he gives generously,” and he’s not trying to find fault with you  (James 1:5) . James keeps writing as if we just get the point. There are so many mysteries of God hidden in His word in the context that sometimes we forget how deep the word of God really is.

Has your heart been established in the truth that God is not a fault finding God? He’s not simply making marks in a checklist, checking off all the negative issues in your life, trying to paint a picture of who you are based on negativity. Wherever you find your dignity and worth, that will ultimately become the God that you serve. If you find a sense of dignity and worth in what you do with your hands, ultimately, that will be your God. If you find a sense of dignity and worth in the information that you compile in your brain, ultimately, that will be your God. If you find a sense of dignity and worth in service, ultimately, that will be your God. We all have this determining factor in our heart. We find a sense of dignity and worth, we will strive to get it, we will do anything to find it. When it’s missing, we will go into all kinds of aberrant behavior just to find a sense of security, of dignity and worth.