What’s Your Worth?
Baseball season is here! Yesterday was the season opener—the Cardinals lost 4 – 1 to the Pittsburg Pirates. In the USA Today, there was a complete listing of all the baseball teams and the salary for each player. Adam Wainwright was the highest paid Cardinal, coming in at $19,000,000. My favorite Cardinal is the catcher, Yadier Molina, being paid $14,200,000. I noticed that the highest paid baseball player was Clayton Kershaw, the outstanding pitcher for the LA Dodgers. His salary was $33,000,000 per year. That breaks down to $90,410. PER DAY. Not bad for a day’s work. The lowest paid salary for any of the players was $507,500. That is only $1,390 per day—but I think I could live on that!
How does a baseball team gauge the value of a player? Why is one paid millions of dollars, and another player is paid much less? The value of a baseball player is determined by one thing, and only one thing: their performance. The higher the performance, the greater the pay. When a player is not able to “produce”, their value goes down. Eventually, players are removed from the team because they are not able to perform at a high level. They are not needed any more, they have no more value to the team.
Aren’t you glad that God does not look at us that way. Our value to God is not determined by the “performance plan”. There is never a time that God looks at us and says, “that person is no longer of any value”. No matter our age, our education, our talents, our Christian maturity—these do not determine our worth in the eyes of God. Our performance does not determine our value.
Psalm 139:13ff says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”.
Every person is hand-crafted, custom designed, one of a kind—unique, special, and extremely valuable to God.
To the LA Dodgers—Clayton Kershaw might be worth $33,000,000—but in the eyes God, I am worth every bit of that!