What’s it Worth?

A catalog, from which I had ordered clothing for my mom, still arrives in my mailbox. Despite not having placed an order for nine years, they sent me a 14x17 inch “Certificate Suitable for Framing” because I am one of their best customers! A gold seal, a fancy border, and signed by the president … it looks very important.

Contrast that with my Baptism certificate, a small, plain piece of paper, signed by the pastor of the church.

Which would I rather frame; which signifies the most worth? The large, imposing one offered to me for something I did; namely, spend money? Or the small, non-descript one, offered to me because of something Someone did for me?

Do I want to be known as a shopper … or a child of God? You know the answer. We as Christians derive our worth from what Jesus did for us: He died, arose, and awaits us in heaven. By displaying my Baptism certificate, I can witness where my priorities lie and pray that those who see it will open their hearts to the Holy Spirit through His Word and Sacraments.

For the wisdom of this world is folly with God (1 Corinthians 3:19a).