How do you define “value”? I think one way to define how much you value something is to consider how much you are willing to fork over to receive the object of attraction.
When I decided I wanted to marry the girl of my dreams, she had a lot of value to me. Then I quickly discovered that her parents needed proof that I was qualified to marry her; they had set out some pretty lofty hoops for me to jump through to prove myself. Her value suddenly skyrocketed. I spent the next several months paying a higher price than anticipated, because marrying her was worth whatever it took.
When I gave my life over to Jesus to become His disciple, I gave up my ways, my ambitions, my circle of friends, my purpose, so that I could take His upon me instead. I have never turned back.
As I have pursued His calling for my life, I have paid a high price. Jessica and I have moved far away from family, sold everything we owned twice, laid down dreams to accept new ones. We’ve been on a journey.
Neither of us regret the price we’ve paid to keep Jesus Lord. Why? Because we value Him more than what we have “sacrificed.”
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field,” (Matthew 13:44).
I always read this verse thinking that the treasure in the field is the kingdom of God, and I was the man who was so excited that I sold everything to purchase the kingdom. I mean, I have given my all to follow Christ, right?
But there are a couple of thoughts about this that have made me re-evaluate my interpretation.
- Is there any price I could actually pay to receive the kingdom? My efforts are futile at best.
- There are a few other scriptures I must hold this parable up against with consideration:
- “You did not choose Me, but I chose you,” Jesus said (John 15:16)
- “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8)
- “We love Him because He first loved us,” (1 John 4:19)
Yes, it is true that the kingdom of heaven is a treasure that is worth surrendering our all to receive. But there is a more important truth in this parable. Whatever value we may think we’ve placed on the kingdom of God, He has placed a much higher one!
There was a man other than you or me who found a treasure in a field. He paid a much higher price than we did to make the required purchase for that field.
Jesus, the Son of God, gave up:
- His throne in Heaven
- access to His deity
- His reputation
- His life. (See Philippians 2:5-8.)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life,” (John 3:16).
God put so much value on you that He paid the ultimate price: His only begotten Son. You are worth the life of God’s firstborn! That is a profound contemplation.
So, what is value? It’s the amount you are willing to give up to receive the object of attraction. You are the object of His obsession.
It’s not about what He would do for you. It’s about what He has done for you. He has paid the ultimate price to receive you as His treasure! That is what the kingdom of heaven is: your value in His eyes.