I know you have probably been to sermons, seminars, conferences or motivational talks with the title Our Worth, My Worth in Christ Jesus, A Man’s worth and for the ladies A Woman’s Worth.
This conferences and seminars are mostly linked to women so the most common title in the above that is relatable to us is A Woman’s Worth. The main reason why this is so is that women love coming together. If it means growth and encouragement they have learnt to do it in their unique community.
That aside, imagine someone paying the price to live the life that you desire. Now put the million-dollar imaginations aside. Imagine if someone paid for your needs every day of our life from the time you are born to the time that you die.
On this one day, you were walking in the middle of the city. You decided to pass by a shop and buy a sweet. You quickly unwrapped the sweet and put it in your mouth. Subconsciously you threw the wrapper to the ground. However, the county officers saw you and for that reason, you were arrested. That same afternoon at 2 pm you were presented before the judge.
It probably went something like:
“All rise for the honourable judge John Caesar Ndung’u, the court is now in session.”
There are only a few witnesses in court that day so the prosecutor stands and the judge enters in.
The name did not click until you saw the face – it is your father.
So you stand there holding your breath.
You stand there and you think to yourself “what will he do?”
‘‘Will he forgive me because I am his son?”
He calls out your name
“Yee Yes”, you mutter
“You have been charged with careless disposal of waste. How do you plead?”
After a short silence, you respond
“The fine for this offence is Ksh 5000 failure to which you will face a six-month jail term.”
Bangs gavel. Court dismissed.
The judge steps down from his Dias, takes off his robe and says to the police officer accompanying Randy out of the courtroom – I will pay the fine.
Randy says in shock – “Dad”
The father repeats touching the son’s shoulder – “I will pay.”
Randy hugs his father and says “I am sorry, I have disappointed you.”
It’s alright son “I will pay the price,” the father says.
Pause there, how would you feel if someone paid the price for every offence you commit?
Let me inform you that is what Jesus did. Jesus paid it all at the cross with his life. He paid the ransom for your sins. He bore the price on himself that you may be set free. Not just for the litter you subconsciously threw to the ground but for everything.
Your biggest mistakes and small errors. For the times when you spoke without self-control and only came to realize later what you have said, to the times when you abused the tout for not returning your change to the time when you poked your nose into other people’s businesses or when you had a social media battle and crowned yourself keyboard warrior.
For every sin, he paid the price with his life.
That is what you are worth to Christ Jesus. His life as a cost for your freedom. He took nails for your nails, lashes for your lashes, a crown of thorns for you, he was bitten and bruised all just for you. He suffered when it should have been you.
However, my question today is what is Jesus worth to you? Is he worth your time that you would dare consecrate it for him? Is he worth more than silver or gold that you would not trade him for wealth? Is he worth more than your job such that you would not compromise on your character and integrity so that you can honour him? Is he worth more than your friends that you would not mind to lose them for the sake of Christ?
What is Jesus worth to you? Christ himself puts it this way whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and the gospel will save it.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
What is Jesus worth to you? Would you mind losing that which you have to get that which Christ has set for you?