September 22, 2010
(Jesus said) "But even the hairs of your head are all numbered." Matthew 10:30
Here's a question for you. It doesn't make any difference how old you are. Every generation ought to have a clue as to the answer.
Here's the question: What do the following all have in common?
a. Ben Turpin's crossed-eyes
b. Egon Ronay's taste buds
c. Merv Hughes' mustache
d. Jeff Beck's fingers
e. Bruce Springsteen's voice
f. Troy Polamalu's hair
g. David Beckham
h. Betty Grable's legs
Did you figure it out? All these famous people had a physical attribute considered so unique or so indispensable that the attribute was insured. For example, Troy Polamalu is spokesman for Head & Shoulders shampoo. Proctor and Gamble recently had Polamalu's hair insured for $1 million.
If you got that question right, the next one ought to be even easier. Ready? Here it is: What are you worth? Understand, I'm not speaking about the kind of value two sweethearts share with each other. You know, things like, "Honey, you're worth a billion bucks!"
I mean, what are you worth?
Well, maybe that question is a little harder than I thought. It all depends on who is answering it. Your family might consider you invaluable; your boss might think you're irreplaceable. Of course, there is the other side of the coin. There are probably those folks who consider you a nuisance, an irritation, and a pest. You get the idea.
Now, what do you think would happen if we asked God? Go ahead; ask Him "How much is this person worth?"
Have you ever thought what the Lord's reply might be? Might it not sound something like this: "At first glance it would seem his sins have so tarnished his soul that he seems to have no value at all. On the other hand, I have always loved him even when He didn't love Me. When He wandered from Me, I did what was necessary to bring him back. I even sacrificed My only Son so he could once again become part of My family. What is he worth? He cost Me the life of My Son! That's about as valuable as a person can get."
Yes, that's the way the Lord feels about us. And how should we feel about Him? Luther said it well: "It is our duty to thank and praise, to serve and obey Him."
This is most certainly true.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, for loving me when I wasn't lovable, for caring for me when I didn't care for You, I give thanks. May my life be an unending song of gratitude for Your blessing and my blood-bought salvation. In Jesus' Name I give thanks. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries