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James Grayston

The Chancellor’s autumn statement has just been released, outlining the plan for Britain’s economy for the next year.  Every part of British society has had a value put on it, from the huge businesses down to the average person on the street like you and me, so it can be determined how much each part is worth and how much to spend on it.  Every person is given a value.  It made me wonder what the Bible tells us about our individual worth to Jesus.

In Matthew 13 v 44-46, Jesus gives two short parables about value:

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”

In both of these parables, a man find objects of very high value and gives all he has so that he may buy them. So what is Jesus talking about in these parables?  Who are the men, what are the objects of high value and what does it mean when it says that he gave everything he had to buy them?

The men are both Jesus and the objects of high value are individuals, people whom He died to save.  Jesus went to the cross and gave His very life, so that those who believe in Him can join Him in heaven.  The price He paid was the sacrifice of Himself and the shedding of His blood.

It is such a humbling thought that each one of us is like a treasure or a fine pearl to Jesus.  Each one of us is worth so much to Him that he would give His all for us.  In our lives sometimes we forget or just don’t think about the price that Jesus paid for us.  We just live our lives worrying about the things that take up our everyday lives and we forget to thank Him for what He has done.  Jesus says that the greatest commandment is this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22 v 37. Let’s just take some time every day to thank Jesus for the great value we have to Him and the price He paid so that we can call Him our Saviour.