The famous sculpture of David by Michelangelo was unveiled September 8,1504. The value of this celebrated object is priceless. You could measure the value of a stone large enough to contain the statue. You could mark the time invested, determine an hourly wage and calculate what was due, or set a commission fee, but you still wouldn’t have a price that could be agreed upon.
You can buy a replica. In fact, Amazon has them starting at $29.99. They aren’t life size, and they aren’t the same stone. But that’s not what makes them worth so much less. They simply aren’t Michelangelo’s David. They don’t have inherent worth.
Some people collect coins. They have some very nice silver dollars. An 1879 Morgan is worth nearly $2,000. The silver in the coin is worth approximately $15. The disparity is in the rarity and the condition of the coin…and in what someone is willing to pay to possess it.
Estimates are that the elements of which your body is made are worth approximately $4.50. Leave those elements in their appropriate form (lungs, heart, etc.) and your worth skyrockets to $45,000,000. Keep those parts in tact and train those parts to throw a baseball well and you could earn $32,000,000…per year.
Determining worth is so incredibly difficult because we all have such different measures of what matters. Some would gladly pay $100 a game to watch a $32,000,000 pitcher. Others wouldn’t pay $3 for the hot dog at that game. Worth is based on intangibles that are impossible to calculate.
Until . . . it comes to God. God’s worth is not in what His component parts are worth. His worth is not determined by what He can or can not do with a baseball, a paintbrush or scalpel. God’s worth is determined by something intrinsic to Himself . . . and only to Him. God’s worth is wrapped up in the fact that He is God. He is characterized by attributes that are inherently good. His actions are characterized by doing only good.
And we, so uncharacteristically like Him, worship Him. We ascribe to Him praise and adoration…just for who He is.