People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,
reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone (Audrey Hepburn)
Worth is determined by the value one ascribes to a particular thing or being. For instance, when Ford manufactures an automobile, a price is placed on the product that is determined by its cost of production and the fair market value attributed to it. And the same is true of humanity.
We were created by God in His very own image. He then placed a value upon us equal to the fair market value He ascribes to us. God’s whole being was poured into the making of mankind. Humanity was His greatest treasure, but we did not appreciate Him. Eventually, we revolted and became indifferent towards the Lord. Our feelings for Him changed; His feelings for us did not. Even after the great defiance the Lord still came to fellowship with humanity as had been His custom.
He was there for us but we were not there for Him. And when it came time for God to offer a redemption price for our souls, the only thing He possessed equal to the value He placed on us was His very own life. The Apostle Paul declared, “God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself.” Tertullian, one of the early church fathers wrote, “From the Holy Spirit came Spirit, and from God—came God; as light is candled from light this ray glided down into a virgin and in her womb … God was born as man. This flesh was built up by the Spirit, was nourished, grew up, spoke, taught, worked, and was Christ.” God offered His life for ours.
The Prince of Darkness wrecked our souls; the evidence is so vividly seen in the chaotic state of the world today. Instead of tossing His creation into eternity’s salvage yard; God paid sticker price for us. He never lost sight of our worth. Everybody is a real “somebody” in God’s eyes. The proof of that is seen in the cost which the Lord paid for our redemption—He gave His best.