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Value Where There Is None

Value (True Worth) Self-worth Spiritual Life

Source: "Receipt for invisible artwork by Yves Klein expected to fetch up to $551,000" by Ben Hooper, published UPI.com, 3/23/2022

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-04-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:20 ; Mark 8:36

Author: Illustration Exchange
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March 23, 2022 (UPI) -- Auction house Sotheby's said it expects to fetch up to $551,000 for an unusual item -- a receipt for a piece of invisible art by French artist Yves Klein.


According to Stoheby’s, “Klein sold numerous pieces of imaginary art, which he dubbed Zones of Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility, in exchange for a weight of pure gold, and he would issue receipts to the buyers."

Oddly enough, Klein (1928-1962) was considered a master of the artistic genre Nouveau Réalisme – New Realism. Yet there is simply nothing “real” about this.

The receipt in question was for a sale of a piece of imaginary art dated December 7, 1959. The receipt will go on auction April 6, 2022, and is expected to fetch the unimaginable price of over a half a million dollars.


APPLICATION

Not everything “real” is visible or tangible. Take your soul, for example. It’s not visible or tangible. It can’t be weighed or measured or photographed. But it is, in a true sense, the most real thing about you. And that soul has immeasurable value. 

Your soul – YOU – were worth the cost of the life of the Son of God, that you might enter into eternal relationship with God. Yet we don’t see the value, the worth in investing in that relationship.

While some would rather spend their resources on imaginary works of art, spend your time and energy exploring your own worth and destiny. 

You were bought at a price! Own it!

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20, NKJV).

"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36, ESV).

Every Soul Is Priceless

Human Worth God's Love Self-worth

Source: Leadership, Fall 2000, p. 71

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-12-14

Scripture: Romans 5:8

Author: Brett Kays
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"A speaker started his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.  'Who would like this?' he asked.  Hands went up throughout the audience.  'I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first let me do this.'  He crumpled the bill. 'Who still wants it?'  The same hands went up in the air.  'Well, ' he replied, 'what if I do this?'  He dropped the twenty and started to grind it into the carpet with his shoe  He picked it up, all wrinkled and dirty.  'Now who still wants it?'  Again, hands went into the air.  'You have all learned a valuable lesson,' the speaker said  'No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.  It was still worth $20.'"

APPLICATION

Mr. Kays adds, "Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and grounded into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.  We feel as though we are worthless.  But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes.  Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are priceless to Him."

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

The Unopened Gift

Abuse Christmas Self-worth

Source: "Man keeps unopened Christmas gift from girl who dumped him almost 50 years ago," by Rob Drinkwater with the Western Star, December 24, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-04

Scripture: John 3:16

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Rob Drinkwater, with the Western Star, reports,

Back in 1970, Adrian Pearce was a 17-year-old Grade 12 student at George S. Henry Secondary School in Don Mills, Ontario, looking forward to Christmas vacation.

Then his girlfriend — his first serious girlfriend — broke up with him.

"She gave me a present at the same time and I took the present home. I had a long walk home and I was all upset and angry and all the things you feel when somebody breaks up with you," Pearce recounted.

"And so I fired the present under the Christmas tree. After my family opened their gifts at Christmas, there was still one Christmas gift left and it's the gift this girl Vicki had given me. I told my family I'm never going to open that present."

He never did.

... For years, Pearce continued placing the present under the tree, even after he got married and had children. His kids kept asking him if they could open it, but Pearce refused. Eventually, his wife put her foot down and said it wasn't welcome under the tree anymore.

Now he just pulls out the old gift, which is wrapped in shiny blue paper that's fading, and just looks at it before putting it away again.

APPLICATION

Many people have a difficult time receiving.  They have been made to feel unworthy in the past and that feeling has stayed with them.

To address this, God has stepped in to reassert our true value and worth.  He did this by sending His only begotten Son into the world to give His life for our redemption.  

Have you been rejected or abused? Have you been made to feel unworthy? As a result, do you have a difficult time receiving the gifts of praise and recognition?  Perhaps you even find it hard to believe and to accept what Jesus has done for you.

God wants you, above all else, to understand that He loves you.

Don't be like Mr. Pearce, who refuses to open the gift that has been given to him, or like countless others who, every year, celebrate Christmas without actually receiving the gift that’s been offered.  

What's a Dirty, Soiled, Sullied Twenty Dollar Bill Worth

Self-image Self-worth Eternal Security

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-18

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:19 ; John 10:29

Author: Unknown (Video Author) / Illustration Exchange
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Psychology Of Self-Esteem

Self-worth Cultural Trends Guilt

Contributed By: Brian Colmery | Date Posted: 2013-10-20

Scripture: 1 John 1:9

Author: Kay Hymowitz
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A Gold Medal Is A Wonderful Thing

Contentment Self-worth Identity

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-04-29

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:25

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The Arithmetic of You

Human Worth Self-worth God's Image

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-02

Scripture: Psalms 139:14

Author: Steve May / Illustration Exchange
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How To Get An Eight Cow Wife

Marriage Respect Self-worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-10

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

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Any Husband Better Than None?

Marriage Pride Self-worth

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2013-02-08

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7:8

Author: Barnett Gushin
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The Scandal of Grace and the Fall of Lance Armstrong

Grace Justification (Self) Self-worth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-21

Scripture: Isaiah 64:6

Author: CJ Stephens
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