Not long ago, I read an online article about children’s toy collectibles. The article stated that if you were lucky enough to own certain toys from particular time periods, you could be sitting on a veritable gold mine. Some of the collectibles could potentially be worth thousands of dollars.
I was beyond excited entertaining the idea that I was about to strike it rich as I owned one such “valuable” collectible. My complete UNOPENED McDonald’s mini Beanie Baby® set dating back to the early 90s was going to be my ticket to Easy Street! The idea that the 90s are now considered “a long time ago,” was a stinging blow to my ego, but I pressed past it to search for buried treasure in the bowels of my closet.
Once I found the “priceless” collection, I began an internet search to calculate the value of such. My mind instantly started spending my windfall. I itemized my list which included erasing debt, a new truck purchase and a luxury vacation.
Imagine my disappointment when I discovered the internet (the source of all wisdom) was wrong! My collectibles were valued at roughly $13.00! So long new truck. Good-bye fancy vacation. My debt was probably going to be with me for a good while longer.
My collection was worth little to nothing and only served to take up storage space in a closet already overburdened with “vintage clothing,” a plethora of purses and too many shoes.
Once again, I’d been duped. The thing is, shortcuts to “Easy Street” rarely pay off in big dividends. If something seems too good to be true – it’s usually a scam. The harsh reality exists that even if my “rare” collectibles were actually worth thousands of dollars –something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. If you can’t find a buyer, the treasure is worthless.
The one exception is when we say YES to Jesus. When we accept Jesus as Savior, we are no longer worthless. Jesus bought us at a very high price. He paid for us with His life. His blood was the currency used to secure our future and our eternal home in heaven.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
We are God’s priceless masterpiece worth dying for. The same cannot be said of artwork, gems or vintage collectibles.
I pray I never forget my worth and value in the eyes of my Father. No dickering or negotiating is needed. No bids required for purchase. Jesus bought and paid for this masterpiece with his blood. I am his treasure.
If you call Jesus, Lord, YOU are a treasure as well. Never minimize the value of your purchase price. Don’t bury your light under a bush. (Matthew 5:14-16) Go out there and prove your worth by being the best version of yourself that you can be. Praise Jesus with your life and spend your days endeavoring to become an extraordinary follower of Christ and embrace your worth and value.
Blessings in Christ,