By Alan Bailey
The way some people treat life these days you wouldn't think it was worth much.
In a number of countries around the world the individual doesn't count—it's the ideology of the regime that seems to be all-important. So executions are common, thousands are slain in war and an alarming number of people are ending their lives by their own hands.
Sadly there are countries that believe they are 'progressive' and have left a cruel and uncivilised past behind them, but nevertheless think it is fine to kill unborn children and old people who are not well.
How depressing is that?
Constantly we hear of people battling with depression. They have anti-life feelings, feelings of despair and doubt about whether it is worth being alive. Is it possible that these feelings have come about because a lax attitude toward the value of life is rubbing off on people everywhere?
If lives are easily snuffed out, if children can be captured and used as slaves, if HIV/AIDS kills countless victims who receive no help, then, what is life worth? There is a strong temptation to think a human life is no better than that of a fly or a frog.
Any answers? Any hope?
We are quite wrong to think one human life does not have much value. On good authority we can say that every single one of us, young or old, is a treasure beyond price. Here are some reasons.
The Son of God, Jesus, said: "Are not five sparrows sold for two coins? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are numbered. Don't be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6, 7). The whole mission of Jesus declares to us that we are each worth a great deal in His sight. We should never under-value anyone, no matter who they are or what their background.
God made us. We are not the products of blind chance. We are meant to be here. God gave us consciousness, moral awareness and personality, all of which sets us apart.
God bought us. Jesus would never have come to give His life on the cross in our place if we were worthless clay only to be swept out of sight. Christ asked while He was here: What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Compared to the whole world or anything we may possess, our life is of much greater value.
Hold on to it
Don't let anyone take this truth away. Turn in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ who makes life worth living. What is treasured up in heaven for believers is something much more marvellous than we can imagine. Don't neglect the way there. Find it and take it.•