Do you know what things are really worth? Houses, cars, and other material things all have price tags that may not match the real value of those objects, nor do they represent their future value. The Bible gives God’s principles for valuing things correctly and gives the consequences for those who do not follow them.
Look at these principles and ask yourself if you are making good choices based on God’s value system.
- Don’t put value on things based only on the present. We must consider the value of things in light of eternity. What seems important today fades into insignificance when compared to that which is eternal. A car or a house is of no use when death comes. At death, God’s salvation is the most valuable possession because it guarantees entry into Heaven.
- Our souls are our most valuable possession, and embody our minds, emotions and consciousness. The Bible tells of people who died but their souls continued to exist in either a state of life and bliss, or a state of suffering and remorse. The Lord Jesus asked, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36, 37). The answer is clear – there is no profit for people who lose their soul because the world in its entirety would be of no value to them when they die.
- Our works and good deeds are of little value because they make no contribution to our eternal destiny. Paul wrote “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Our best efforts can only earn death. However, we can possess the gift of eternal life if we accept, by faith, the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour.
- The value God places on the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ is beyond our comprehension. Peter wrote “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold… but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19). This universe does not have enough gold and silver to redeem a single person, but the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary is so highly valued by God, it provides redemption for every person who trusts Him.
As you finish reading this article, test your investment strategy. Do you value your soul more than your possessions? Is your eternal destiny more important than the present? Do you value the Lord Jesus Christ, and are you resting on Him for your redemption?
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