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Value

Weekly Devotionals

Value

Acts 20:24

24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

School has started again and I find myself busy as ever. Working, classes, studying, and serving here at church has my plate full these days. With such a jammed packed schedule, one thing I find myself valuing most is time.

There just never seems to be enough time. Or is it that there isn’t enough time for all the things that I value?

Often enough, we find value in such things as money, jobs, the future, relationships … the list can go on and on.  Whatever it may be, those things that we perceive to be most valuable become precious to us, don’t they? In turn, our priorities become mixed up and we get caught up in the waves of this world to the point we find ourselves drowning in the anxieties and stresses of what we value.

Why is it that we value what we value? And how do our values shape our choices and lives?

Matt Rawlins has an explanation, he writes, “Charles Finney, the great revivalist, made a statement: ‘intrinsic value obligates.’ In simple terms, Finney is saying that we have the obligation, or the responsibility to respond to the perceived value of something.” He later explains that all of our choices are rooted in the perception of value and our responsibility to choose the best value.

Well, if this is true and we tend to choose the things that are perceived as the best value then maybe we do not perceive things correctly.

In the selected scripture above, Paul addresses this, making a confession towards the end of his ministry. He tells of how he no longer places the “best” value in his possessions, his status, or even his very own life. Instead, he proclaims that above all else he values testifying to the gospel of the grace of God! To Paul there is no comparing his values with God’s value.  We need to begin to realize, like Paul, that Christ’s value outweighs all.

I wonder what our lives would be like if we made this shift. If we truly valued Christ and our relationship with God above all else, how would our time be best spent?