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"What Are You Worth? "

January 9, 2007

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You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:20

Some years ago, Harold J. Morowitz, a leading chemist, received a birthday card from his daughter. The card read, “According to biochemists, the materials of your body are worth only 98 cents!” Morowitz thought, “Is that really what I’m worth?” He got out his chemical catalog and began looking up the prices of all the body’s chemicals. What he found was surprising. At the time, hemoglobin was selling for $285 a gram. Insulin was marketed for $47.50 a gram. The price went climbing with less common items like alkaline phosphatase at $225 a gram.

The real shocker came when he got to a follicle-stimulating hormone that was a steal at $8 million a gram, and prolactin, the hormone that stimulates milk production for mothers. That hormone could be bought at $17.5 million a gram. To find out what he was worth, Morowitz began to figure. Starting with a 168-pound man, and subtracting 68% of that weight for water, he began his calculations. Morowitz figured his 168 pounds would be worth $6,000,015.44!

So, what do you think you’re worth? Point a camera at most folks and they run for cover, shouting, “I never take a good picture.” Ask someone if they will show you their driver’s license picture and they will say they’d sooner go to jail. Apparently we don’t think we’re worth too much. Most children spend a fair amount of their youth trying to figure out just how much they are loved. Most adults spend their years trying to find some kind of proof that they are valuable. So, what do you think you’re worth?

Although people’s opinions, both personal and public, might be divided as to your value or mine, there can be no doubt what God thinks we are worth. Seeing us, corrupted by our sins, the Lord loved us enough to send His Son into this world for the express purpose of saving us. By living a perfect life on our behalf, carrying our many transgressions, dying the death that we had earned, Jesus took our place and paid the price for our forgiveness.

Today, or maybe some tomorrow, your life may be filled with false friends who have forsaken you; pains that have plagued you; the behavior of others who have by word and action belittled you. When doubts about your value come creeping in, please look to the cross of Christ and see what He thought. In the final analysis, this judgment of our Savior is what counts most of all.

Excerpt from The Lutheran Hour sermon preached on January 19, 2003

Today's Bible Readings: Job 1-2    Matthew 7

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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