Back in the days when we used to go to restaurants (remember those days?) I would usually order water to drink. I would do that for two reasons: (1) It’s healthier, and (2) it’s almost always free. (I know this second reason will come as no surprise to those of you who know me.)
Isn’t it odd that the one substance on Earth most necessary for sustaining human life (or at least ranking second to the air we breathe) is available at no cost at our favorite eateries, while we typically have to shell out several dollars for something like sugary pop or McDonald’s fried cholesterol sticks, guaranteed to shorten the average consumer’s lifespan by several hours for every supersized order eaten.
The world places high value on things that at the best are of no lasting value and at the worst are actually very bad for us. And the world dismisses the things that, when all is said and done, provide the most value in this life and on into eternity.
What do YOU value? I’ll tell you a couple of ways to find out. First, take a look at your credit card statement, checkbook, or wherever you can see a log of where your money goes. The one who best understands the true value of things said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
Maybe you could also consider how you spend your time. How much of it is spent on yourself and how much on others? What’s your ratio of Bible reading time versus time watching TV? How much time do you spend at work versus with family? As the old saying goes, no one on his death bed ever said, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.”
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” People of the world put their faith in what they see: power, money, big houses, nice clothes, things. Followers of Christ put their faith in his promise that he is going to prepare a place for them that will last forever. (John 14:1-3)
This world’s values are upside down. What do you value?