The story is told of a tourist in Paris who picked up an amber necklace in a trinket shop. When he arrived home and went through customs he was shocked at the high duty he had to pay for the necklace.
So when he arrived back to his town, he spoke with a jeweller and the jeweller told him he would give £25,000 for the necklace. The man was stunned and suspected that there was some reason for the offer. So he took the necklace to an expert who appraised it at an astronomical amount.
When he asked the appraiser what made the necklace so valuable, he told him to look into the magnifying glass and see for himself. When he placed his eye next to the glass, he saw an inscription which read: “From Napoleon
Bonaparte to Josephine.” It was the name on the necklace that gave it extraordinary worth. The provenance made it unique.
We have no intrinsic value - that is to say, we are not of great value because of who we are or what we’ve accomplished. Our value is determined by the one who bought us and owns us. Those of us who are Christians have the name of Christ “stamped” on our lives to remind us who we are and who we belong to. We were bought at a price and that price was in the coming of Jesus on the cross that we might have life. He gives us gifts that we might be a blessing to others. Knowledge of this truth causes us to rethink what we do with our lives.
Look closely at the inscription on your life. You’ll notice the name of the one who bought you and made you. Your value just went up!