Just what is the average human being worth today? The answer varies widely depending on how you view the question. For example, if you do an analysis of the chemical components of the human body, you're likely to be shocked at how little you’re worth. When all the chemicals are tallied, the human body is worth about $1 in US currency. You can up the value by $3.50 if you tan your skin to make a hide, making your total value $4.50.
Feeling deflated? Your biological value is much more. Today there is a lucrative market for organs and other body contents such as cells, bone marrow, sperm, etc. If you were able to cash in on all of these, your body could be worth as much as $6 million. Unfortunately, the possibility you can actually do this is nil. But you can still make a tidy profit selling your body as a cadaver that brings in an average of $80,000.
I think we all agree that there are other ways to assess our worth. What might someone bid for you at a slave auction? In the antebellum South, slaves were actually quite expensive, averaging about $40,000 in today's dollars. Although there is now more slave trading in the world than ever before, the average value per slave has deteriorated to only about $90.
But maybe a better estimate would be your worth if you were kidnapped and held for ransom. The Guidry Group, an organization that specializes in ransom negotiations worldwide, indicates the average ransom is around $1 million. But it can go much higher depending upon the social status of the person.
Of course, the most common way to estimate your personal worth is by calculating your net worth, that is by adding up all of your assets, such as your home, cars, bank accounts, investments and other possessions. The average American’s net worth is around $182,000, which actually represents a decrease of 35 percent from five years ago. This is largely due to the decrease in the value of real estate.I don't think any of these methods capture your true value. Value is the price a knowledgeable person is willing to pay for something, and none of these methods consider what your Creator was willing to pay for you. Scripture states, “Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God brought you with a high price” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20a).
John 3:16 tells us God loved us so much, He was willing to sacrifice His only Son to save us from perishing and give us abundant life. Too often today this reality is presented as a merciful God willing to make the supreme sacrifice for a creature that has no value—us. Think for a moment: Could this possibly be the truth? Would you give everything you have, your total net worth, for something that had no value at all? Of course not! And neither has God.
The real gospel is the fact that we are so valuable to God that He was willing to give everything to ransom us from the bondage of sin and death. You were being held captive, and God spared no expense to free you and bring you home.
Next time you wonder just how much you're worth, remember you're worth everything to God!
Join us this Sunday at our 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. services. Special guest speaker Peter Wagner will be sharing on “Kingdom Wealth” as we continue the “Prosperity God’s Way” Series.