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The Dirty Dollar Bill

Good morning. It is Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.

I recently heard a story about a little boy who had a $20 bill. His grandpa called him over and showed him ten $1 dollar bills, offering to trade. The boy looked at the one bill in his hand and then looked at the ten bills in his grandpa’s hand and quickly agreed he would trade. The only thing that stopped the transaction from happening was the boy’s older sister intervening. She had to explain to her younger brother that although he only had one bill, the value was greater than the ten bills his grandpa was offering.

Isn’t that just the way we often look at our own life? We gladly trade it for some shining thing, some bell and whistle, some promise of something better, not realizing our value. I think even good, Christians do not realize their true value and worth. It is something we can hardly wrap our mind around.

Genesis 1:27 says “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ESV

We are created in God’s image! He could have chosen infinite ways to shape us and form us and still give us life, but he chose to make us in HIS image! That is mind-boggling my friends. What a gift! What a privilege!

Several years ago, I read of a Christian professor who started class one day holding up a $20 bill. He asked his students “who would like this $20 bill?” All hands shot up in the air. He said “now, let me ask you this,” he quickly crumpled the $20 bill and said, “who still wants it?” All hands shot up in the air. He then dropped it to the ground and started grinding it into the carpet with his shoe. Now it is crumpled and dirty. He asked again “Do you still want this $20 bill?” Everyone shouted “Yes!” He then went on to say something like “Just like this $20 bill, your worth is not determined by how crumpled or dirty you are. Your value is always the same in the eyes of God.” I did a children’s story one day at church on this very thing.

Our value in the eyes of God never changes.

John 3:16 tells us that God loved the world so much, He sent His only Son to save us. He could have let us parish. He could have let us fight the war that ended all humanity or he could have left us to Satan’s devises, but no, He loved us too much. We have too much value for Him to abandon us.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NKJV

It does not matter what we have done, how far we stray, or how much we resist, our value never changes. And because our value is great in the eyes of God, He desires for us to love Him in return. He is constantly trying to get our attention. He wants to save us for eternity.

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV

Remember you are valued! You were made in the image of God! You were thrown a lifeline through the saving grace of the Jesus on the cross.

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 NKJV

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