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What am I Worth in God’s Eyes? Part V

November 8, 2012

If you were to buy a box of chocolates for, say, six dollars and there were fifty  pieces of candy in the box, it would be easy to find out what each piece of candy was worth. some of us could do it in our heads. some of us would feel more comfortable using a calculator. But either way the answer would be the same: twelve cents apiece.

Well, we said in the last part that we who are Christ’s have been bought with a price and I am persuaded that knowing that price is of utmost importance. You, too, I hope will feel the same.

But we have a problem to solve that you cannot do on your calculator and may even have some trouble getting your mind around. I am hoping that I can make that easier. However, whenever we speak about God we are talking about something, someone, that exceeds us, exceeds our complete understanding. Let’s give it a try, anyway.

We know the price that was paid; it was Jesus’ death on the cross, the shedding of His blood. This leads to the worth equation:

Christ’s worth/# of the redeemed = my worth.

Try putting that in your calculator. It seems like an equation without a solution. Let’s look closer.

 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Psalms 90:2, KJV

When we read “from everlasting to everlasting,” we immediately think of that as meaning from time immemorial to forever in time. this is not so. When God created the universe, He also created time, and when this universe is no more, time will be no more. We really don’t know what everlasting or eternity means. It is beyond us. But we do know the implication: that God is infinite. God inhabits eternity.

We might be tempted, God being three in one to rewrite our equation:

(∞/3)/#of the redeemed = my worth.

But what is infinity divided by three? We can find out by representing infinity with an infinite series:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, … and so on.

It never ends. It goes on toward infinity, but never ends. Here’s another way to represent infinity:

3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, …   and so on.

Notice that this series, too, goes on toward infinity and has no more chance of ending than the first. We can further show that the two series are essentially the same if we divide each member of the second series by three:

3/3=1    6/3=2    9/3=4    12/3=4    15/3=5    18/3=6    21/3=7    24/3=8  27/3=9    30/3=10 … Notice our new series is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,.., the same as the first.

What this tells us is that infinity divided by three is still infinity. This may seem weird to you, but three is so small compared to infinity,that it really doesn’t matter much. So our worth equation now becomes simpler:

∞/# of the redeemed = my worth.

You might think, at this point, that since we have no way of solving the equation since we have no way of knowing the number of the redeemed, but this is not so, because, if you had started writing a number on the day of your birth and continued adding digits to it until the day you died, even if you lived more than a hundred years, the number you produced would be so small compared with infinity, it would be just like our second series. Mathematicians would put it this way:  ∞/N = ∞. N can be any conceivable number. So, our worth equation becomes this:

    ∞ = my worth. (Through Jesus’ death on the cross, I not only have imputed righteousness, but imputed worth. Astonishing!)

And we live as though we are worth little to God. We believe the lie.

 

Oh, in case you missed it,  God gives the same value to all His own. No one else is worthless, no one else is of greater worth. That’s not the way we think and so we sin against others or ourselves. There is no cheap salvation.

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