Chosen day 7
from you version
- “That’s it, I’m ending it all.”
This text showed up on my friend Ryan’s phone from an unknown number on a Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. He had just sat down on the couch after kissing his kids goodnight after a long day. “I’m sorry, who is this?” he texted back. Her name was Sarah. She realized she had texted the wrong number and apologized.
“Wait a minute” he texted. “I can help.” They started texting back and forth for around half an hour. She told him her story. It was tragic. The final wound was her current abusive boyfriend breaking up with her. He kept trying to let her know about the love of Jesus and her worth to God in spite of all she felt. He told her not to base her life on the opinion of a twenty-two-year-old boy. “It’s too late” she texted, “I just downed an entire bottle of pills.” Ryan begged her to tell him where she was. He told her he and his wife would come bring her to the hospital. She told him, and they rushed her to the hospital, where doctors immediately treated Sarah and saved her life. Over the coming months, Sarah’s eyes were slowly opened to see how valuable she is in Christ. She even ended up going to a Christian University to pursue God’s plan for her life. God had redeemed her; He had taken a life deemed worthless by our world—and even by herself—and flipped it around. She was worth dying for. While a friend was getting an MBA in entrepreneurship, the economics professor drilled into their heads a fundamental concept: The value of something is determined by what someone will pay for it. The price paid for our redemption is the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Could there be a greater price? Could anything make you worth more? We each fight a daily battle to base our worth on the price God paid for us. We each have some other currency we use to measure our worth. We use the currency of accomplishments, family, looks, wealth, race, education, leadership ability, influence numbers, or “fill in the blank.” Humans are either desperately trying to prove their worth or living in depression because they feel they do not have worth. This is one of the more powerful effects of preaching the Gospel to your soul. You are reminding your soul of its worth in Christ by reminding yourself of the high price that was paid to redeem you.