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This Week's Bulletin Article


     What is something worth to you? How do you make that determination? Though we may not consciously think through the minute details of every decision, we all make judgments daily based upon how we value different things. Even though value involves more than just money (or should), a quick and easy way to see what you place value on is to look at your bank statement. Where does the majority of your money go?
     Jesus told a couple of very short parables about value and worth. We find them in Matthew 13:44-46. Jesus said, The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys the field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it (ESV).
     I would like to make application of these two short stories in three points - desire, recognition, and cost. First, there has to be the desire. Actually, we could say there has to be awareness before desire can be realized. Have you ever had something really good that you never knew existed? We may say something like, "Where has this been my whole life? Or, why has no one told me about this before?" Now that you know, you desire more of it. It may be something that you collect and you will search and search so that your collection can be complete. That's what we see with the merchant in Jesus' story. He was searching.
     Are you searching? Do you have a desire for spiritual matters, or is your focus mainly (or solely) on things in this life? Are you searching for a better job so you can afford more expensive stuff? Are you searching for ways to be more popular among people? What is your ultimate desire?
     Second, there is the matter of recognition. If you find an item that you've been searching for, that would complete your collection, you must be able to recognize whether it is the real thing or not. Remember our discussion from a few weeks ago concerning the problem of counterfeit items. You have to know what you are looking for and determine if it's real or not. Back to the merchant in Jesus' story, I wouldn't know a genuine pearl from a fake or be able to distinguish between the value of various pearls.
     How do you determine the value of something, especially things of a spiritual nature? We must turn to God and his word to help us recognize value. If we only focus on physical matters, then we will never place value on eternal things. You can spend your whole life accumulating money and stuff, but you will reach a point when you realize that it ultimately is worthless. You can't take it with you when you die.
     Finally, we can desire something and know that it's real, but there is still the matter of cost. Is there something that you want so badly that you would give everything you have in exchange for it? What if there was something that did last forever? What if there was a part of you that could live forever and you could take it with you when you die? Would you want it no matter the cost?
     There is a part of you that will live forever - it is your soul. How much is your soul and eternity worth to you? Matthew 16:26, For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in return for his soul? (ESV)

Greg Surles
Birdwell Lane church of Christ

Preacher: Greg Surles

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Teaching, Training and Transforming Lives Into
The Image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29)