When he asked the appraiser what made the necklace so valuable, he told him to look into the magnifying glass and see for himself. When he placed his eye next to the glass, he saw an inscription which read: "From Napoleon to Josephine." It was the name on the necklace that gave it extraordinary worth.
We have no intrinsic value above others — that is to say, we are not of great value because of who we are or what we've accomplished. Our value is determined by the One who made us, bought us, and owns us. Those of us who are Christians have the name of Christ "stamped" on our lives to remind us who we are and whose we are. Knowledge of this truth causes us to rethink what we do with our lives.
For example, if you have an old pair of ragged tennis shoes, you may think nothing of getting out in a muddy garden to do some work. But if you're wearing an expensive pair of dress shoes, you'll be hesitant to wear them in the mud. The value of what you're wearing will keep you from going certain places and doing certain things.
Paul says that's why we as Christians should avoid sexual immorality (as well as other misuses of the body). If our bodies were of little value (as some believe), we would think nothing of "dragging them through the mud." But knowing the value of our bodies, we're forced to think twice about where we go and what we do. Paul puts it this way:
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).
* This story is based on a rumor that has not been able to be fully substantiated or denied about a missing necklace Napoleon gave to Josephine. The point of the story, however, is unmistakably true!