Posted by: Joe Palmer | December 26, 2009

What are you worth?

What are you worth?
 The question of worth is an important question. This week I read an article about the value of a human body. In searching online for information I found several different calculations about the worth of a human.
  •  One website calculated our value based on a breakdown of all the elements in the body. According to their calculation you are worth four dollars and fifty cents.          
  •  One website actually had what they called a cadaver calculator. I input my age and physical condition and determined dead I was worth $5,575.00. That would pay most of my funeral costs.
  •  A third calculated the value of human body parts and determined if sold we are worth 45 million dollars. Now, if that’s true I better hire a body guard.

Interestingly, the value of the human body was calculated by three different methods and three vastly different numbers were arrived at. I guess not only is beauty in the eye of the beholder, value is too. The value of an individual is not in the body but in the person; even more so in the soul. The elements of our body, or body parts, are just material and if disposed of like a junk yard they may have some value, but the soul is eternal. Answer these important questions.

How do you value yourself? You are made in God’s image. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 23:19) So how much do you love yourself? We don’t need to be in egocentric but we do need to see our own worth in God’s eyes

How do you determine the value of another human? When you look at others how do you decide their worth? Do you look at their clothes, home, job, or other material features? Do you look at their physical beauty? Do you evaluate them based on what they might be able to do for you?

James addressed this attitude within the church when he said, “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? James 2:1 – 4

How does God view our value? When choosing David to be king, God said, “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (I Sam 16:7) One person accurately wrote that when man asked God, “How much do you love me?” He stretched out his arms in the shape of the cross and said, “This much.”

Joe Palmer

Posted on Facebook on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 2:20pm


  1. god bless u

  2. Joe I am not sure my comment went. 🙂

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