Worth?

“Aren’t you worth . . .”


“Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds?” (Matthew 6:26)

This is one I knew I had to share as soon as I saw it.  While some of you were hitting the retail stores on Black Friday I was on my way to conduct a funeral at a funeral home next to a cemetery.  When I arrived and saw the sign in the photo I realized that this must be the ultimate Black Friday sale!  Get in before the prices go up!

We love our sales, don’t we?  The thought of being able to purchase something for less than it’s really worth can drive us to anticipatory drooling and waiting-in-line madness!  There’s a certain sense of accomplishment when we bring that new treasure home knowing we paid less than the “original price” that’s printed on the ticket.  I still wear neckties from time to time and get a kick out of it when someone tells me they like one of them.  I get to say, “It’s one of my “Gabe’s Specials,” meaning, I bought it at a super discount bargain house store for less than five dollars.  Feels something like winning a game.  Ah, the thrill of victory!

Sometimes this thrill brings an unexpected side effect.  The treasures lose their value after the thrill of the hunt and the need for another hunt begins to fester.  Not to worry, there’s always the next yard sale to clean house and create space for the next treasure hunt.  So what’s the treasure really worth to us? Maybe this isn’t such a great game if it spills over into other areas of our lives.

Unfortunately, too often times folks try to play a similar game with relationships, offering far less for the relationship than the treasure is worth.  A loving relationship is not something that can be purchased from a clearance rack.  Love does not come as a bargain to be celebrated then devalued.  Love that does not appreciate the true worth of the treasure is worthless.  Love that does not cherish the treasure by continuing to offer respect, compassion, justice, mercy, and tenderness is worthless.

As we move closer to Christmas during this Advent season, we are reminded that God demonstrated our worth by offering divine love in Jesus, God’s Son.  God knows our worth and shows it with divine love!  The love of God we celebrate this season sets the standard for our celebration of love with one another.  Love shared with respect, compassion, justice, mercy, and tenderness truly values the worth of the treasure, and results in life.  Love shared without them is worthless and results in tremendous hurt.

I pray that God will help me love like I truly value the treasure of relationship with God and others.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,

Gary

Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

 
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~ by revgenelson on December 3, 2014.

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