by Graham Mol
Today I came across a beautiful, deep lyric from the song My Worth Is Not In What I Own (At The Cross) by Graham Kendrick and Keith and Kristyn Getty.
Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed my ransom paid at the cross
I love the depth of this verse from the song as it speaks of two incredible truths that we find in Scripture.
Firstly, that we are of incredible worth. How much worth? Well, the Apostle Paul speaks about our lives being bought at a price. That price is made clear by the Apostle Peter who says the following:
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
(1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT)
Jesus paid for us with His precious blood, His very life, that He gave on the cross. Nothing could speak more about our worth in God’s eyes, that He would give His own Son for our sake. We do not need to look at our wealth, or achievements, skill, wisdom or fame to find out our worth. Jesus died for us all. We are worth THAT MUCH to God. And nothing could ever take this truth away from us.
If ever you feel worthless, remember that God considered you worth dying for.
The second incredible truth is linked to the first. In that though we are of worth, precious in God’s sight, we are at the same time unworthy. We were not deserving of Christ’s loving sacrifice. We had not earned the right.
6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Romans 5:6-8 CSB)
Though we were unworthy, God showed us just how much we are worth to Him in paying the ransom for our souls. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe.
The wonder of our worth and unworthiness is a humbling reminder of the lavish grace that God has poured out on us. Though undeserving, we have been saved by Jesus, and so we know that we are precious in His sight.