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Being Valuable To God


"By faith, Moses when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time" (Heb. 11: 24 & 25).

Do any of you watch "The Antiques Roadshow?" I must admit, I really like to watch it. I don't know about you, but for me it is the kick of seeing how much the things are worth. (do you try a guess before the estimate is made?) There's just something cool about seeing a huge figure come up for isn't there...So, how do each of us accrue a value in God's eyes?

Today's verses say to us that a great faith is necessary. A faith so strong that it will produce self-denial like it did in the life of Moses. It appears that Moses would rather be with the people of God and be mistreated, than live the life of luxury that he had been living. When Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, their appearance and mannerisms said that they were just ordinary men. But the way they were able to witness for Jesus in their speech caused the men to be astonished and take note, "these men had been with Jesus" (V 13). Does our speech witness that we are with Jesus. Can people tell that we are Christians. To be of value to God, our conversation must reflect our closeness to Jesus.

When we give, is it with liberality like the poor widow of Mark 12:41-44)? You know that widow and what Jesus said to His disciples about her. "They gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on." In our liberality we will be shown as valuable to the Lord. When Herod had John the Baptist arrested, John told him that he was living in an unlawful relationship. He could have easily "mailed it in" and said nothing but he had a spirit that just could not compromise. Our spirits need to be this way for the Lord to hold us in high esteem.

As much emphasis that society has put on good physical health recently, God wants His people to be spiritually healthy. To Gaius John writes about his physical health, but more importantly, "even as your soul is getting along well" (3 John 2). To be valuable to the Lord, we must be spiritually strong. Finally, as Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, was He really talking about their souls? We ought to be concerned about the souls of others. The "Great Commission" of Mark 16 was pronounced to us. It is a statement about the value of the soul. Getting the Word to others is showing that we are concerned about their souls.

So...If we were "brought up for auction," what would God say we were worth? Would we be valuable to Him? Have a wonderful day....Go about doing good....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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