How much are you worth?
There are various criteria which are used to measure the worth of an individual.
Someone has observed if the minerals were extracted from the human body, those minerals would be worth less than a dollar.
All would agree individuals are worth more than the sum total of the mineral content contained in the physical body.
Each year a number of periodicals publish a list of the most wealthy individuals.
Some are millionaires, others are billionaires.
Their worth is based on the material wealth which they have been able to accumulate.
Those material possessions may be in the form of bank accounts, investments, houses, land or valuable objects.
The dollar sign becomes the standard by which their worth is determined.
Certain individuals are considered worthy because they are not only wealthy but they are famous and popular.
They fit the category of "fame and fortune."
Some persons are looked upon as being worthy because of their great athletic ability.
They have broken records and won gold medals.
Some earn the title "most valuable player."
Many who are not wealthy, famous or athletic are esteemed as worthy because of the positive influence they have had in our society.
Perhaps they have made some valuable contribution to science, medicine, art, literature or some outstanding invention that has greatly improved the quality of life.
All of us know something of the worth of those who have been a positive influence in our own personal life.
Who can measure the worth of a faithful dedicated parent, school teacher, scout leader, sunday school teacher or pastor?
Who can measure the worth of a true friend or a trusted neighbor?
When the Apostle Paul wrote his second epistle to the Corinthians, he set forth a much different standard for determining the worth of an individual.
"Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.
"Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
There was a time when Paul regarded Christ as just another man.
That all changed on the road to Damascus when he was confronted with the resurrected glorified Christ.
Having come to the knowledge of the true identity of Christ, Paul realized the true worth of an individual is determined not by one’s human achievements, but by one’s personal relationship to Christ.
In other words, a person is worth no more than what can be seen of Christ in his individual life.
True worth is not based on human achievement, but on the godly influence he or she has in the lives of others in manifesting the reality of the resurrected, glorified, indwelling Christ.
It is not wealth, prestige, or position.
It is the spiritual influence you have in the lives of others.
How much of Christ is manifest in your words, actions and attitudes?
How much are you really worth?