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How Much Are You Worth?

By Don Loftis | 06.15.16

By the time Booker T. Washington died in 1915, he was the most influential African American in the nation.  He was director of the Tuskegee Institute and an advisor to the president on matters of race.  However, his life did not begin that way.  Born into a Virginia slave family in 1856, Booker never knew his father and did not learn to read until he was freed at age nine.  In his master’s will, Booker’s name was listed as a “piece of property” valued at $200.


It may be true that we value an acre of land or a new car in terms of dollars and cents.  Employees are valued by what profit they bring to the company.  However, we view our children’s worth in an entirely different way.  How much is your son or grandson worth?


I am thankful that God views us through the lens of love, desiring that we address Him by the very personal term of “Abba Father” (Romans 8:15).  Just before He went to the cross Jesus told His disciples, “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father, I have made known unto you” (John 15:15).


If you were to be kidnapped, how much ransom would be paid for your release?  How much are you worth to those on earth?  We must never forget that while a captive of sin, God loved us so much that He gave us His son.  Jesus said in Mt. 20:28, “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  God cared enough about you and me to send His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins.  May we never forget the price that was paid for our spiritual freedom!



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