“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price” 1 Corinthians 6:19b-20a
Last week I got to get in front of the girls basketball team at J. Martin Jacquet Middle School before one of their home games and discuss with them something I think is very serious and seriously misinterpreted: their worth and value. One of the things I’ve pressed upon the girls during these short devotionals are some new vocabulary words. This week it was Latin. The Imago Dei. I shared from Genius 1:27, “So God created man in his own image…” and that when God created man, it was not just good like the rest of creation, but very good. I pressed that we are different because we are created in the image of God, the Imago Dei.
I asked the girls who had any form of social media and almost all of the girls raised their hands with pride. I asked how many of them felt good when someone “liked” or commented on something they posted. Again, hands flew up with chatter. I asked who has ever taken down a post because it didn’t get “enough” likes. Hands went up with a little more hesitancy and less chatter this time. The age we are in of screens and social media, we have so lowered the standard for ourselves. We forget that we are the Imago Dei! We are created in the image of God!
“But worth, value, and beauty is not determined by some innate quality. But by the length for which the owner would go to possess them” Propaganda, Lofty
So why do we put so much value on “likes”? I asked the girls sitting around me what it costs them to “like” someone’s post. “Nothing” and “a click” were some of the answers shouted. Yet we find our value in “likes”, we think higher of ourselves if we have more followers than our friends, or if we got more “likes” than our classmates or coworkers on a post. If we measure our worth by something as cheap as a “like” then are we not saying that we ourselves are only worth that? Cheap. Small. Lame. Worthless.
Yet as Propaganda and 1 Corinthians tell us, we are worth more. We were bought with a price. The cost for us was death on a cross. Jesus died for me and for you. THAT is how much we are worth and where our value comes from. The price is much higher than a simple “like” on a page where the person keeps scrolling, not looking back. Yet Jesus doesn’t just keep scrolling. He loves us. He died for us.
We have been trained to treat ourselves cheaply, so we treat others cheaply. Yet all through Scripture, we see we are worth much more. Created in the image of God, paid for by death, death defeated when He rose again. That is how much we are worth and how we should treat ourselves and others.
Pray with us that these students would see their worth in Christ, not in how many followers they have or likes they get. Pray with us that these students would see each other with the same worth. That they would treat each other like they have value, and not cheaply. Pray that you would see yourself not better than these students, but as someone who is also created in the image of God, who was bought with His blood.