With all the amazing things you do in a day, or maybe not so amazing, how do you find out your own worth?
I spent time last weekend at what I’d call an art business person’s, business camp. It was amazing! I learned tons of great new information about branding, marketing, and evaluating my art’s worth. There are many facets to this process because each piece of art is unique. What degree of skill I use while painting the piece is brought into the evaluation, the cost of the materials, the profit, the overhead, I must have a log of my studio hours too, etc. all of this is important. When I added it all up, I was still baffled. It took me a couple of tries before I could say, okay, that sounds right. All businesses do this sort of evaluation. Why? Because otherwise they wouldn’t know where to begin when asking people to pay for their product or service. The end consumer must feel they received something valuable and for a price that was acceptable to them. If the product is rare and valuable and in high demand, the price goes up. The more a product is in demand, when the supply remains the same, the more the price of that product goes up.
Imagine how God did this evaluation on us.
God was not only the Creator of a product, He also had to buy His own product back.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully (awesomely) and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms 139:14
When God lovingly and tenderly breathed soul-life into Adam, He knew He’d done something very special. No other creation on earth were made to have spirit reside within it, besides Adam. No other creation on earth could fellowship with God . But what would that rare creation cost? Because as soon as the devil tricked Adam out of his rights God lost the connection and the “rarity” of the creation. It was stolen from Him.
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.” Luke 14:28-30
God knew He would have to eventually pay the price for mankind to get this fellowship back. God wanted to create something greater, something more permanent. Something that couldn’t be randomly and carelessly stolen from Him or mankind. The price for that would be higher, the highest anyone would pay. God had to pay with His own son’s life.
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
The devil originally cheated God and stole His priceless creation away. (fellowship) So God made something new, something that could not be stolen. He made our gift of holy spirit permanent. If the devil would have known God was paying for this new creation with Jesus Christ’s life, the devil would have never crucified Jesus. Because now we are sealed forever. And forever safe.
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14
How much are you worth?
In business, a product is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. To God, you were worth it because He paid for you with the life of His only begotten son.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
God Bless You Today!