Hymn of the Month: Olympic Medals and True Worth

Those of us who follow sports, even a little, are used to hearing athletes thank God for their victories or their abilities. It is nice to hear that spirit of gratitude and thankfulness in this culture where selfishness seems to reign.

But, this week I heard an expression that turned in a different direction. Two athletes diving in the Olympics in Rio, when asked about the pressure of the competition said, “When my mind is on this, thinking I’m defined by this, then my mind goes crazy, but we both know our identity is in Christ.” I was impressed with their boldness of professing their faith to the world and with the security of their worth in Christ.

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All of this leads me to think of a hymn that you may not know, but that you really should. It is written by modern hymn-writers Keith and Kristyn Getty (who also wrote “In Christ Alone”). The title of the hymn is “My Worth Is Not in What I Own”. I have been thinking about singing it for months now. The bold statement of the Olympians faith and identity caused it to jump back into my mind.

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My Worth Is Not in What I Own

My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross
My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross
I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.
As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross
I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom's fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross
Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed - my ransom paid
At the cross

By Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, and Graham Kendrick
© 2014 Getty Music Publishing and Make Way Music (admin by MusicServices.org)

As any collector will tell you, whether it is coins, or comic books, or baseball cards, the worth of an object is determined by what someone is willing to pay for it. Anyone who has ever sunk cash into collecting “Beanie Babies” can now say Amen.

In times of discouragement or of failure we often wonder what we are really worth.
Our worth is determined by the price that was paid for us on the cross. We are not worth something because of what we can do, what we can earn, not because of how old we are or how young. Our value is not because of what we know. Christ has determined our value and was willing to pay that price of us on the cross.

There is however a paradox here, and it is called grace. On our own we are not worthy of the love of God. We can’t be good enough. Because of God’s grace He counted us worthy and was willing to pay the ultimate price.

So don’t worry, your worth is not based in this world but in the price God was willing to pay for you. Your worth was decided by God himself.