HOW MUCH ARE YOU WORTH?
I’ve been reading in 1st and 2nd Chronicles about King David and his son, Solomon. David saved up the following amounts (using current values) of gold, silver, and bronze for Solomon to build the Temple of God. $145,564,000,000 (gold); plus $19,376,320,000 (silver); and tons and tons of bronze and iron – too much to weigh or price. So, the combined total of just the gold and silver David had stored up was…. $164,940,320,000. That’s 164 Billion, 940 Million, 320 Thousand Dollars.
Then, David donated from his own pocket… $4,357,280,000 (gold) and $109,841,920 (silver); which totals, $4,467,121,920. So, add this amount to the amount David stored up, and you get: $169,407,441,920. That’s 169 Billion, 407 Million, 441 Thousand, and 920 dollars.
THEN…. David asked the congregation, “…Who among you is ready and willing to join in the giving?” Ready and willing, the heads of families, leaders of the tribes of Israel, commanders and captains in the army, stewards of the king’s affairs, stepped forward and gave willingly. They gave a total of: $7,450,731,225 dollars in gold, silver, bronze, and iron. That means the GRAND TOTAL of David’s money and the congregation’s money, that was collected to build the Temple of God, was an astounding $176,858,173,145…..176 Billion, 858 Million, 173 Thousand, and 145 dollars!
If we round it off to 177 Billion dollars, you could buy 885,000 houses at $200,000/each. Want more perspective? You could give EVERY PERSON ON EARTH TODAY…$24.00. WOW! God supplied David, Solomon, and the Congregation almost 177 BILLION dollars so He would have a Temple where He could dwell, where He could live. God went all out to supply the best of the best…just so He could live among the people He created, no matter what it cost. So, how much are YOU worth? Are you worth $176,858,173,145? Surely you are worth the cost of God’s Temple, right?
Fast-Forward to 2016. “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does NOT dwell in temples made with hands.” WHAT??? God spent almost 177 BILLION dollars on a Temple that He no longer lives in??? Yep, that’s right. In fact, He spent MORE than 176,858,173,145 dollars on His way to get to you and me. God paid the ultimate price… by sending His only Son, a price-tag He had to pay, so He could move from a building made by people, into people He had made. Jesus foot-the-bill for all of us when He died on the cross and rose from the dead. So now…. God wants to say; “Do YOU not know that YOU are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in YOU?” (Acts 17:24, 1Cor. 3:16 GW)
WE are now God’s dwelling place. WE are His majestic home…IF, that’s right, IF we have opened up “the door of our heart” to let Him in. Make sure you take advantage, of the high cost that’s already been paid, so God can make His home in you….which makes you PRICELESS!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen