From worthless to priceless, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye
Worthless can be defined as valueless, of little or no value, of little or no worth, of low quality, inferior, low-grade, cheap, of poor quality, etc. Priceless on the other hand can also be defined as having value beyond all price, invaluable, so precious that it’s value cannot be determined, of inestimable value/worth, of immeasurable value/worth, without price, rare, irreplaceable, unparalleled, etc.
If there be anyone that seems to belong to the first category, God is promoting you to the priceless category today.
In life, God has made it that many things that are priceless usually first appear to be worthless. It is only through the process of time, coupled with pressure and/or great heat that such priceless attributes of such materials are displayed e.g. diamond, gold, crude oil, marble, etc.
The God we serve specialises in turning worthless situations to priceless ones and worthless people to priceless folks. He does this by either hiding the priceless gem in the worthless objects to be revealed at a given time; or He just surprisingly transform the worthless object altogether into a priceless gem.
We have all come to this world differently. All of us are born with different kinds of spoons. Some golden, some silver, some steel, some aluminium, some wooden, some plastic and some with no spoon at all.
However, it is still the Almighty God that can transform us from whom and what we are now to a gem that cannot be priced.
1 Corinthians 15:41 – There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differs from another star in glory. Whether you were born a sun, moon or star, may God transform you further to something priceless.
Right from the Old Testament through to the New Testament, we can see the hand of God upon people who could have died as worthless fellows, but God supernaturally transformed them into objects that were priceless.
In I Sam. 1:1-8, we read of a woman that her life became worthless. Hannah was married to a notable man who loved her. But because she hadn’t given birth to a child yet, her co-wife made her life miserable. It was hard for her to stay with her family; it was even harder for her to go with them to worship God in Shiloh. She preferred to just be by herself, without eating and being sad.
However, from that pit of worthlessness, God transformed her life to becoming a rare and priceless gem in Israel’s history.
So that in I Sam. 2:1-9, we read the very words of Hannah as God transform her life to a priceless jewel, as the boy she gave birth to later became the High Priest in the land!
– Is anything or anybody provoking you to tears and abstinence from food? Is that provocation making your life seem worthless? May God silence your Provocateurs and may God remove the provocations from you.
Whatever is making your spirit to vex, I command it to cease in Jesus name.
– May your heart rejoice in The Lord.
1 Samuel 2:1-9
And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased:
so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory:
for the pillars of the earth are the Lord ‘s, and he hath set the world upon them.
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
In I Sam. 9:1-2, the bible talked about a man called Saul. Even though he wasn’t born into what one can say is a worthless family, as his father was a notable man in his tribe, yet he came from the tribe of Benjamin which was the smallest and youngest tribe in Israel. His father’s family was also the least amongst the families that made up their tribe (I Sam. 9: 21). In that wise, he was still a worthless person to be in a position of authority.
1 Samuel 9:1-2 – Now there was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Bechorath, the son of Aphiah, a Benjamite, a mighty man of power. And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
1 Samuel 9:21 – And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
His story however did not end there; he soon became the first king of Israel, a priceless position no one has ever occupied before! He that was not worthy to lead his small tribe was made a leader of the whole twelve tribes!
– What is the limiting factor over your life? Is it the clan you come from? Could it be your tribe? May be it’s your family. I command the limitation to be lifted right now.
– You may have come out of a few, but you will govern a lot in Jesus name. Your root may be small, however your shoot will be supernaturally huge.
– You may be a custodian of things that are of little value now, as Saul was looking after his father’s oxen. Very soon, you will be a custodian of things of higher value as he later became the ruler of the whole nation.
In Judges 11:1-3, we are made to understand that Jephtar was born a very honourable man, but he became a worthless fellow because his mother was a harlot, even though his father was great. He was chased out from his father’s compound by his half brothers, possibly after their father’s death and he started living in the desert with vagabonds.
Judges 11:1-3 – Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman. Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him.
However, not too long, by the supernatural power of God, Jephtar became a priceless gem in Israel. He didn’t have to negotiate to go back to his father’s compound, as he became the ruler of the whole land!
– It is possible that you are born to be a person of high honour, but there is a reproach, either from your mother side or father side that is making you feel worthless, God will make you operate beyond such a reproach in Jesus name.
– They that are presently using any unpleasant issue against you will come to beg your help for something (in this you will know that God has eradicate that reproach).
– Have you been chased away from your inheritance? May God bless you more than what has been taken from you, and still make you a leader over such people.
– Has the action of any of your close relatives turned you into a state of worthlessness? God will shock them by how your life will soon turn out.
– Has any unexpected circumstance of life made you to pitch your tent with just anybody? You will soon sit and dine with kings in Jesus name.
In II Sam. 9:1-13, have a story of a man that God transformed his life from what is terribly worthless to amazingly priceless.
2 Samuel 9: 1-13 – And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake? And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he. And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet. And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.
Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar. Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!
And David said unto him, Fear not:for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?
Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master’s son may have food to eat:but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons. And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem:for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.
Life was so unfair to Mephibosheth. He was the son of a crowned prince of the first king in Israel. He was born into luxury, splendour and pleasure.
However, just because his father, grandfather and few uncles were killed in the war with the philistines, his life suffered a dramatic turn around. His nurse thought to hide him from danger. As they were escaping, Mephibosheth who was just five years at the time, fell from the horse ride and that was it. He became paralysed. His life was to become worthless from then on.
His name initially was Mirab Baal (opponent of Baal), but was renamed Mephibosheth (son of shame) after this incidence.
God however touched David’s heart when he ascended the throne to show mercy to anyone who is alive in the house of king Saul for Jonathan’s sake. The name Mephibosheth came up. His life then suddenly transformed to become a priceless jewel!
Grandfather’s land (estate) restored; eat bread at king’s table continually, became owner of 36 servants and their families; have a huge farm.
– May be life has been so unfair to you. Just one negative incidence and things turned upside down. God says do not be afraid. I will restore your loss. I will show you kindness because of Jesus’ sake.
– All your ancestral blessings in the hand of strange people are hereby restored to you.
We have heard how our father in The Lord (the General Overseer) has told us that he wore his first pair of sandals at 13 years of age! That seemed to me that his background was of little or no worth. But today, he is such a priceless jewel!
I remember quite well where God has taken me from and I am not in any way near what God has shown me.
I strongly believe that God will turn us to priceless jewels of eternal value. We will shine as stars in the firmament and become influential as salt is in a savoury in Jesus name.
– People have said, “we shall see what you will become”. God says “I will make them to surely see and they will say ‘Is this you?’
1. Almighty Father, help me to live a life that is meaningful till the end.
2. In the name of Jesus, I shall not come to this world in vain.
3. In the name of Jesus, no power on earth, in the grave, in hell, in the sky or underneath the earth will be able to waste my time.
4. In the name of Jesus, my life shall progress from the bearest minimum to the highest maximum.
5. I command every power that has gathered against my advancement in life to be scattered in Jesus name.
6. Holy Ghost disappoint every power of darkness that is planning disgrace for me.
7. Almighty Father, increase my acceleration and speed within the calendar of my life.
8. In the name of Jesus, I destroy every demonic clock and timing of the enemies regarding my life.
9. Almighty Father, let my life shine forth your glory in Jesus name.
From worthless to priceless, by Pastor Samuel Obafaiye was delivered on February 8th, 2015.