Two things determine value:
1. What Someone Is Willing To Pay.
How much is a house worth? How much is a baseball card worth? Or a piece of artwork? They are all worth as much as someone is willing to pay for them. People may pay thousands of dollars for a baseball card and millions of dollars for pieces of art and beautiful homes. Whatever someone is willing to pay is part of how the value of an item is determined.
2. Who Owned It in the Past.
A car that was owned by Elvis Presley is much more valuable than a similar car I might own. A guitar played by John Lennon is much more valuable than my guitar. A pair of basketball shoes may sell for thousands of dollars... if they were once worn by Michael Jordan. Whoever owned the item in the past is a contributing factor when determining the value of the item.
Based on those two things, ask yourself these two questions: "What is someone willing to pay for me?" and "Who do I belong to?"
1 Corinthians 7:23-24 says: "All of you... were once held hostage in a sinful society. Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom. So please don’t, out of old habit, slip back into being or doing what everyone else tells you. Friends, stay where you were called to be. God is there. Hold the high ground with him at your side" (MSG).
Jesus paid an incredible price for your salvation and your eternal life. He gave his very life for yours. The price he was willing to pay for you demonstrates your incredible value to God. Furthermore, you belong to God. You were created for God's pleasure and for God's purposes in this world. And God cherishes and loves you.
You are, in fact, INVALUABLE. No one can put a price on your immeasurable worth. Keep that in mind next time you wonder if you matter. Because you do.