Years ago, I had a friend that introduced me to thrift store shopping. Poor, single, young and living on my own, thrifting was the best thing that could have happened to my closet. I would find designer jeans for $10 versus the $200 plus others were spending at department stores. Dresses, sweaters, shoes – you named it and I would scout it out at a local thrift store. One day we hit the mother load! I was sifting through the pile of purses in the bin when I saw a gold chain. I tug on that gold chain and pulled out a vintage Chanel purse! I was ready to jump up and down in the middle of the store. Did I truly find a vintage designer purse? I checked the sign under the purses and it said $2. I thought to myself, “this purse must have been placed in the wrong bin!”. The purse was worth more than $2. It was worth more like hundreds of dollars but there it was in a $2 bin. I thought for sure when I checked out it would ring up differently at the register but as I quietly handed over the purse to be rung up, it said $2 on the screen. They didn’t realize the true value of this purse. BUT I understood the value.
What does it mean to have value and worth?
What is our price tag?
Price is an estimated or assigned worth we give to something. The question remains, who assigns worth and value? The answer is the Creator of it! When you go to buy a new pair of shoes or watch, it was the company that gave it the original price because they know how much time, effort and love went into making it. We were assigned worth before we were ever born.
We read in Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG), “Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations— that’s what I had in mind for you.”
He knew you before you were born and had plans for you. You were on His mind before you entered this world. Sometimes I can’t decide on what to do the following day but God had plans for us prior to creating us in the womb. Not any plans but “Holy” plans! He also knows how many hairs on your head. In Luke 12:6-7 it says, “What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.” You are valuable to Him! He takes the time to know every detail about you.
Not long after purchasing my Chanel for the amazing deal of a lifetime, my girlfriends and I went swing dancing. There weren’t any great places to put your belongings at this event. Most of the ladies placed their purses and jackets in an open room near the dance hall. I had placed my purse there under the impression that it would be safe while I hit the dance floor. At the end of a successful night of dancing, I went to go grab my purse but I could not find it anywhere. Panic began to sink in! My purse was gone. Someone had stolen my designer purse.
I loved that purse and all that was in it. It had my ID, camera with photos of my nephews (this was prior to smart phones), money, cell phone and credit cards. I was mad at myself for not taking better care of my possessions. We looked everywhere for that purse but there was not a single trace of it.
I ended up leaving the event with with-out my beloved purse. About an hour later, my best friend received a call that my purse was found. I couldn’t believe it – they found it! The purse was not found in a place that I would have ever imagined. They found it in the men’s bathroom trash can. Apparently, someone stole the purse, took only the $20 in my wallet and threw the purse and rest of the belongings away. I was in complete shock that they didn’t take the whole purse or at least more contents from the inside – my cell phone and camera were worth more than $20. The purse itself was worth a couple hundred but they just threw it all away.
The revelation hit me shortly after that whoever stole my purse didn’t realize the value! If they truly realized that it was a vintage Chanel purse, they would have taken her and the $20 and ran. But they didn’t even take the time to realize what the true value of the possession they held. They didn’t ask the question, “What was its price tag?” They only looked for what they wanted – cash and discarded the rest. Many times, we allow people in our lives treat us, the same way that the thief treated my designer purse. We let them underestimate our value and take what they want from us. Whether it is in our friendship that they use and abuse or maybe something more. We allow boyfriends, friends, and family to take what they want and discard the rest. If they realized your value and worth, they would want all of you!
Know your value and worth. When the pressures come against you then you will be ready to combat the lies with the truth of your value! You are worth more. You are priceless and irreplaceable!
What is your price tag? What are you writing on your price tag? I can tell you what Jesus placed on it. He put His life on the price tag. He covered it with His blood. He said, “you are priceless!” You are beyond any monetary value. Priceless is not a cop out answer for not knowing the value of something. Priceless means you are rare, one of a kind, irreplaceable, no one else like you. Precious! Costly and incomparable! Let that sink in. There is no one else like you!
If you were to buy the rarest car in the world, you would want the MERCEDES-BENZ A 320 – W 142. It is the only one of its kind, therefore, making it the rarest car in existence. I am not a car enthusiast but I can guess that if you had a car like that you wouldn’t hide it. You wouldn’t allow it collect dust or be neglected. Instead, you would show your friends and family the car. You would polish and clean it and take excellent care of it. It is one of kind. There is not another one like it. We need to view ourselves as a Mercedes Benz A 320 W 142. We were created to be one of a kind. We were made to be the only one in existence which makes us priceless!
How you view yourself is how others will view you! It is how Satan will view you! If you view yourself as not of worth or value, that is what Satan will see when he views you. That is what your friends will see and that is how you will be treated by others. Start viewing yourself as a spiritual giant – strong and mighty and watch as Satan steps away. View yourself as valuable and costly and watch as some of your friends and family have new found respect for you. Start viewing yourself today as God has always viewed you – Priceless!