D.C. Collier: So, What’s Your Net Worth? | Opinions

D.C. Collier

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 Ask that question at a cocktail party and, after the person you are addressing gets over your astonishing impertinence, he or she will almost always answer your question in dollars-and-cents terms.

Most people evaluate their “worth” monetarily — the most common measure being “Net Worth,” that is, the sum of their assets minus the sum of their liabilities.

But is that a fair measure? Does a person’s life boil down to a list of possessions? Most of the world, especially bankers, thinks so.

What is YOUR market value on the open market?

If you’ve ever bought or sold a used car, you know that you can set any price you want for it, but what really counts is what someone will pay for it — the actual price point that will cause the car to change hands — not the price YOU want.

Now suppose, hypothetically, you put yourself on the market. Yes, the whole you — past, present and future. How much could you get?

People do this all the time when they apply for a job and negotiate a salary. Literally, they are selling a portion of their lives to an employer for a given price.

Some highly educated people get a higher price, and less qualified people come in lower, but everyone usually has SOME value to SOME buyers.

But suppose you caught a dread disease that drastically reduced your “earning power,” cratering your net worth. You can no longer work, and you go from being an asset to a liability, balance-sheet wise.

That is exactly how the scripture describes every man and woman who has ever lived BEFORE they are born-again. As quoted in Romans 3:11, 23:

“There is no righteous person, not even one; There is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks out God; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God …”

This is an inherited spiritual condition. It’s passed along full-strength genetically. No exceptions. And worse yet, there are consequences unless divinely remedied, as noted in Romans 6:23:

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In my book, My Origin, My Destiny, I wrote:

“A person who has not been saved from this inherited spiritual condition is considered ‘lost’ by God and in need of divine intervention. Bear in mind, this ‘lost-ness’ is not a reflection of the person’s intrinsic value or importance — they are just out of place and unavailable to God’s kingdom purposes. In his book Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard pointed out: 

‘Think of what it means when the keys to your house or car are lost. They are useless to you, no matter how much you need them and desire to have them and no matter what fine keys they may be. And when we are lost to God, we are not where we are supposed to be in his world and hence are not caught up into his life … We are our own god, and our god doesn’t amount to much. When we are lost to God, we are also lost to ourselves: we do not know where we are or how to get where we want to go.’”

Something BIG happened on that cross of Christ.

But then comes a message of hope ringing loudly above the din of our own sense of inner lostness, in 1 Peter 1:18-19:

“… knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

God has made a friendly “takeover offer” for anyone who wishes to change ownership of their lives.

He has already paid to purchase those who are willing to leave the slave-market of sin, paid all their bills (at the price of His own lifeblood) and inducted them into His own spiritual family — all by grace, not merit.

Furthermore, He gives us His Holy Spirit, making us a temple to His glory, in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought for a price: therefore, glorify God in your body.”

To pick a well-known phrase, “What a deal!”

How About You?

As we embark on another “new” year, wouldn’t you like to “count” for God? Just make sure that you are in the right Hands.

D.C. Collier www.noozhawk.com D.C. Collier,Opinions,Faith,Religion

2024-01-04 19:30:00 , Noozhawk

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