Your Net Worth Is Not Your Personal Worth

Steve Petroelje

READ : Psalm 139:1-18

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (v. 14)

Despite their fatigue, the faces of a couple holding their newborn child radiate with joy. This is usually the first picture I get when I visit new parents in the hospital. The second is a picture of life, innocence, and dependency: a son or daughter, with eyes still closed to the world, tightly wrapped, sound asleep, surrounded by love—both ours and God’s.

After visiting with the parents and holding the newborn, I often read from Psalm 139 and offer a prayer. These verses remind us that God knew us long before anyone in this world ever laid eyes upon us. He knit us together in our mother’s womb, and we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Our frame was not hidden from our creator.

People will try to fool you into thinking that your personal worth is defined by your net worth: by the home you live in, the car you drive, or the size of the check you can afford to write. Remember that your worth to God is not based on such trivial things. Those who trust in Christ become children of the King. No earthly riches can measure up to that!


Creator and sustainer, help me to remember who I am in you. Amen.