Not long ago Darline and I went to an auction. It was interesting to watch how things were done. It was an estate auction so there were all kinds of things on sale. What was interesting is what people bought. Some were only buying tools. Some focused on other items. Sometimes the auctioneer couldn’t get anyone to bid on an item so he would say to the person helping him, “Put something with it”. They would add something and keep adding until finally someone would make a bid and the items would sell. Sometimes several things went for a dollar or less.
Then came the salt and pepper shakers. As soon as a set went up for bid several people began bidding against each other. Up and up went the bids. Often, a set of old salt and pepper shakers sold for fifteen or twenty dollars. It was clear that the people bidding on those items knew their value. More than likely they were antique dealers who knew they could resell them for a profit. There is a big market for nostalgic collectibles.
What seems to be of little or no value to the average person could well be a real treasure to an expert. In fact, that is one way to identify something of value… watch how the experts react to it.
Have you ever felt like you weren’t worth much? Many times we devalue ourselves. Many of the problems we face in life are rooted in low self-esteem. Quite often, the world helps us feel bad about ourselves. Put-downs and verbal abuse are too often a part of a person’s daily life at school or at work.
If you are one of the millions who struggle with low self-esteem I would recommend you consult the expert on human worth, Jesus Christ. Watch him and see how he reacts to you. In a sense we were all placed on the auction block of eternity. And Jesus, expert that he is, gave the highest bid. He knew your true value. He gave his life for each of us.
Paul said, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in
this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Rom. 5:8
Regardless of what the world says you are worth, Jesus says your worth is immeasurable. Thank God, he loved us enough to send his son to die as a ransom to purchase us. You are priceless. You are loved, blessed, and highly favored.