Last year I was perusing a local thrift store when I found the jersey you see pictured at right. At first glance I knew it was old and was probably worth more than its price but I didn’t know how much. I purchased the shirt for 50 cents, took it home, and put it in a drawer where it stayed for the last year or so. Last week I decided to put a number of vintage sports items I’ve collected over the years up for bid on Ebay. I listed a glove, catcher’s mask, basketball, wooden golf club, and some old spikes among other things. I reluctantly put the green shirt up for bid, fearing it would only gather $1 or $2 and would be more trouble shipping than it was worth.
To my surprise, after just one day of the 10-day auction, bidding shot up to $38. At last glance the high bid was $51 with nearly eight days left on the auction.
Because I purchased that jersey its value was able to increase. Other people may have bought it and used it for a rag or a painting shirt. Even though I didn’t know the level of value, I bought the shirt because I saw worth beyond the price tag that had been pinned to its sleeve.
When Jesus purchased us, our value increased too. When we allow his blood to wash away our sins, no longer are we lost in the rows and racks of death and sin. We are “…children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation,” in which we “shine like stars in the universe,” as we “hold out the word of life….” (Philippians 2:15-16).
To be purchased you have to be purchasable. What does your price tag say? Does it say, “Purchasable after college”, “Buy me after I figure things out for myself”or “Negotiable if you cater to me”?
Or does your price tag say, “Freely I give myself to you Lord”?
Something is only worth as much as somebody else is willing to pay for it.
Jesus paid it all.