Nothing we could ever desire compares with his worth, yet we overlook God in favour of the cheap thrills set before us. Dollar store items appear useful or offer some temporary utility. Dollar store are inherently disposable. Choose the precious one…
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
Some friends spoke to a Christian leadership group I am a part of, walking us through an exercise in which we chose something of value from a table. The table had many practical items or joke items on it. I chose a writing book which I thought I could use to take notes in meetings etc.
Then they asked us to describe why we valued the items. Some people had an emotional connection to their item because it reminded them of a loved one or an event. Others made a joke and we all laughed. I spoke about how I like to write. Simple.
Then the speaker went back to the table and picked up a silver coin which was there the whole time. It was a Canadian nickel. This nickel, though, was made with silver. It was worth around $10. In fact, it was the most valuable thing on the table.
You see, all the other items were bought at the dollar store. None of us actually saw the coin, and if we did, we likely would have thought it was just a nickel.
The moral of the story and exercise was to consider how we value the things of God and the things of the world. Some of us – many of us – choose dollar store value when the Lord is before us.
Nothing we could ever desire compares with his worth, yet we overlook him in favour of these cheap thrills set before us. The dollar store items appear useful or they trigger a memory or they give us some temporary utility. Having bought several things at the dollar store myself, I know personally that dollar store items do not last. They are inherently disposable.
Choose the greater value. Find the precious one. You see, God considered you and me so valuable that he gave his only Son to be our Saviour. God’s love and grace is worth more than anything…