The Ransom for a Life


If you ever wonder how much you are worth, think about what God was willing to pay for you.

Psalm 49:7-15   

No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough— so that they should live on forever and not see decay. For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others. Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves. People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.          

No one can pay for the life of another. The life of decisions and relationships; victories and failures, are all unique to each one of us, and no one else can take that responsibility from us.  Sometimes I wish I could do that for someone else, sometimes I wish someone else could do that for me. 

But while no person can redeem another, God redeems us. He has paid our debts, cleared our sins by dying for our mistakes. If you ever wonder how much you are worth, think about what God was willing to pay for you.

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