A few years ago, there was a fascinating article in Bloomberg about how the prices of some paintings are falling rapidly. As I read the article, I wondered just how much paintings actually go for.

The most expensive painting according to Wikipedia was sold for over $300 million. It’s called “Interchange” by Willem de Kooning.

Then, there was another painting called “Number 17A” by Jackson Pollock that was sold for over $200 million dollars!

As I perused Pollock’s collection, (I’m no art connoisseur) the paintings looked like a bunch of house painters’ drop cloths that were hung on the wall. Honestly, to me they just looked like a mess—yet people have paid millions of dollars for these works!

That got me to thinking: what is a human life worth?

To some uninformed or cynical eyes, human beings are just a mess of “useless eaters”, a phrase used by Henry Kissinger to describe the elderly.

But we know that every human life is extremely valuable because God was willing to pay the highest price for it.

He gave His Son for your life, declaring its value in His own precious blood!

So while you may feel, or even look like a house painter’s drop cloth, in God’s economy—the only one that matters—you are priceless, of inestimable value!

Live your life in the Father’s estimation of its value. You are a precious piece in His “collection.”

His valuation of you is filled with loving purpose.

You are precious, “worth more than many sparrows”; bought and paid for by the King of Kings whose taste is impeccable!

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own, for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

–by George Whitten

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