A Word from Curt…
Posted: August 21st, 2014
Too often we grossly overestimate the value of a thing. There are countless examples of financial disasters where investors have lost everything.
Revel is a $2.4 billion Atlantic City casino that has gone bankrupt twice since it opened 2 years ago and will close for good on Labor Day.
Many people believe that power, pleasure and possessions will bring meaning and purpose to their lives. Ultimately, they will experience the truth of Haggai 1:6…
“You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
On the other hand, we also have a tendency to undervalue some things that are unbelievably important. That seems to be true of our souls.
This week we’re reading the book of Ephesians. In this powerful letter, Paul clearly describes the incredible worth of the divine inheritance we receive at salvation.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:4-7).
The Antiques Roadshow is a popular series on PBS. In cities across America, thousands of individuals bring items from flea markets, storage units and grandma’s attic to be appraised by an expert. Most of the stuff is relatively worthless, but occasionally there’s a hidden gem. Last year in Corpus Christi, a man brought in a painting that turned out to be worth a million dollars!
In that same episode, another man presented three violins he had found in a dumpster. Two of them were worthless, but the third was made in the 1920s by famed Italian violin maker Pedrazzini. It was appraised for $50,000.
Without Christ we are dead in our sins; alienated from God; lost and confused. Left to ourselves, we are guilty and condemned. Apart from Christ we are helpless, hopeless and homeless.
But when we become alive in Christ, we are adopted into God’s family as his dearly loved children. The riches of God are lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. We gain access to every spiritual blessing and God’s incomparably great power!
Following Jesus launches us on a great adventure of knowing God and participating in his eternal plan. As we are guided by the Spirit of wisdom, the eyes are opened and our hearts are enlightened. We are strengthened in our inner being. Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. We are rooted and established in love.
As we live a life worthy of our true identity in Christ, we become humble, patient, hopeful, compassionate and spiritually mature. We discover the value of using our gifts and actively serving others. We develop healthy relationships and learn to bear with one another in love. We are filled with all the fullness of God; the unequaled riches of his grace.
And that, my friends, is priceless!