What Are You Worth?

What are you worth? There are various ways to answer that. Some seek to do it on the basis of cost-analysis. Consider the following in getting a dollar value answer.

Years ago there was a formula used which involved adding up the cost of such elements as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and other trace elements of which the body is composed. It valued the human body at 96 cents.

A current study of a catalogue from a biological house gives a different picture. Using the going rate at the time of such compounds as hemoglobin ($2.95 per gram) and human DNA ($765 per gram), the human body is worth about $254.54 per gram (roughly 1/30 of an ounce.) To determine your value exclude 68 percent of your weight (that much is water) and multiply the remaining gram weight by $254.54. That means a person weighing 170 pounds would be worth over $6,000,000.

Consider your brain. It weighs between forty-five and fifty ounces. Approximately 89 percent is water. Thus, there is approximately 10 ounces of brain. This system of cells has the capacity of storing 100 million bits of information. It contains ten billion nerve cells. each with some 25,000 possible interconnections with other nerve cells.                                                                                 

A British neurophysicist has said that if we were to electronically approximate an average human brain, the cost would be about three billion, billion dollars (that is, three followed by eighteen zeros). 

You are valuable!  

Museums are filled with items that have little intrinsic value. They are there not because of their value, but whose they were.  My wife has a pair of agate earrings. Agate isn’t an expensive stone. Yet, these earrings have a significant value to us because of whose they were, former Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir.

Your real value is not based on your substance, but your soul, not what you are, but who you are. Human beings are the only beings bearing a likeness to our Creator. You, you that is, are of inestimable value. Your worth can’t be calculated.

The marvel is the Creator wants you to spend eternity with Him. For that to be accomplished He has provided a way.  Believers in Christ as Savior are of value because of whose they are and what price was paid for them. That value is found in whose you are. That should give you a sense of self-worth, dignity.                                       Consider each part of this rhetorical question asked by Jesus:

“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16: 26) In light of this you, the real you, are worth more than all the world.                                     

As a believer, be loyal to the royal blood that flows in your veins.