By Alan Bailey
The way some people treat life these days you would not think it was worth much. In a number of countries around the world the individual does not count—it is 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.
Countries that pride themselves on being progressive, boasting that they have left a cruel and uncivilised past behind them, nevertheless think it is fi ne 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 doubts about whether life is worth living.
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 snuff ed out, if children can be captured and used as slaves, if HIV/AIDS kills countless victims who receive no help, then, what is a life worth? There is a strong temptation to think a human life is no more valuable than that of a fl y or a frog.
Any answers any hope?
We are quite wrong to think one human life hasn’t 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.
1. The Son of God, Jesus, said, Are not fi ve sparrows sold for two coins? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all 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 undervalue anyone, no matter who they are or what their background is.
2. God made us. We are not the product of blind chance. We are meant to be here. God gave us consciousness, moral awareness and personality, all of which sets us apart.
3. God bought us. Jesus would never have come to give His life to be our Saviour if we were worthless clay, fi t 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 to anything we may possess, our life is of much greater value.
Hold on to it!
Don’t let anyone take this truth away. All those doubts about oneself and our obvious sinfulness have a solution. The Lord Jesus met our greatest need by dying in our place and rising again. For those who trust in Him, life is well worth living and the future is secured. Heaven will be more glorious than we can imagine. Find the way and take it.•