What are you worth?

This is what the Lord says: What fault did your fathers find in Me that they went so far from Me, followed worthless idols, and became worthless themselves? Jeremiah 2:5 HCSB

A few semesters ago I was reading through the book of Jeremiah and was amazed at some of the principles there are. I shouldn’t have been amazed, it is God’s Word after all, but who knew you could find wisdom in the middle of God’s judgment of Judah? 🙂

Here’s an incredible principle I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write about: Your worth will be determined by the worth of what you pursue. 

If your ultimate pursuit is…

  • Money, your worth will be equal to how much money you have.
  • Image, your worth will be equal to how good you look in a bathing suit.
  • Raising good kids, your worth will be equal to your kids’ behavior (now that’s scary).
  • Sex…
  • Social status…
  • Being a good cook…
  • Being a teacher…
  • Being good at preaching…

You get it. Isn’t that weird? I eventually become worth what I thought was worthy of my devotion. And we know it’s true. And we’ll think we’re worth a lot as long as we’re successful at whatever we’re doing. But the moment we’re no longer successful?

What’s so cool is God offers us the invitation to pursue Him. And when we do, we find that our worth is forever secure, because God alone is worthy.

Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created. Revelation 4:11 HCSB

The question, then, is what are you worth? The answer… however much whatever you’re pursuing is worth.

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3 comments

  1. Nate, nice post. Aren’t the prophets so revealing with regard to the nature of God? People steer away from them because they are hard to read and understand. I encourage people to read them anyway and not get bogged down by the details that are lost to us. Instead, seek to capture the nature and character of the Lord as he is presented by the prophets to his people. Let’s keep finding ways to point others to the whole sweep of scripture.

  2. Very Alerting one!
    Yes, one need to think on this
    What are you worth?
    As you said Your worth will be determined by the worth of what you pursue.
    I fully agree with you,
    Each one should think on this and find out what worth are you
    Thanks for sharing
    Phil

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