In this world, everything comes with a price tag; nothing is free so they say. We make a lot of our decisions based on the price tag.
When you apply for a job, you are selected on the basis of the skills, experience and talents you can offer to the company. When you want to buy a car, you will make an assessment of the value you can get out of the car first before you make a commitment. In the world of terrorism, we hear of the bargains by kidnappers for the release of hostages… so how much are the hostages worth? Even in marriages nowadays…what can I get out from my partner,..what is his/her value.
The price tag system has also clouded our Christian value system. We sometimes value ourselves on how much talent, money, organisational, oratory skills and experience in ministry we can bring into the fellowship. We sometimes value others in terms of how many souls they can bring to the fellowship, how many christian meetings they are involved. We put a price tag on preachers in terms of anointings - anointings in terms of how many people are healed or how many crippled leapt out of wheelchairs or how many people fall backwards. We put a price tag on home cell leaders in terms of how many members are in the group......and on and on we go. For those who have nothing to offer, they are branded “pew warmers”!!
The devil, a terrorist also, held us at ransom and Father God has to pay the ransom with His Son’s life to redeem us from the clutches of the devil. No question, no debate or bargain was asked by the Father how much you are worth or what skills or talents you can bring before you were redeemed. He just paid the price. In fact you were not even born yet when Father God paid that ransom 2000 years ago. The price tag for our freedom is the shedding of the blood and scourged body of Jesus on the cross for us. Have you seen another person sacrificing his life in exchange for the freedom of a hostage ?
So, we are worth so much that even Father God is willing to pay His Son’s life for us. That is the good news. It is a priceless tag. Now I can have good self esteem because of the love of Father God. Even though my earthly parents, teachers, church organisation…. have rejected me because I am deemed to be useless/worthless for them, the good news is God sees me otherwise. I can stand tall because of Christ.
Beloved, when we see each other in the eyes of God’s value system, we will not even dare to put a price tag on our brothers and sisters in Christ in terms of what talents, services or skills of ministry they have to offer. We can lock away favouritism, jealousy, impartiality… from our fellowship and throw the keys away.
We are all of equal value to God, tagged with the same price of the Son of God's life. We are all the favourites of God, we are all anointed for ministy, we are all competent ministers of the new covenant (2 Corinthians 3:6). The good news is that there is no need for us to put a price tag on one another anymore. It has already been done 2000 years ago. Rejoice