Without proper appreciation, people can hoard things of little importance
while throwing away many of life’s most precious treasures.
Adam and Eve sacrificed a paradise for a moment’s reckless folly
for a taste of that which was forbidden. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of
pottage. Judas betrayed his greatest friend for thirty pieces of silver. The
Prodigal Son wasted a fortune for foolish pleasures in a life that left him
starving in a pig pen.
One of the most amazing things about much of humanity, is that they place a
very low value on virtue, morality and hope. There are a few things in life that
are exceedingly important. The wise person would not think of throwing these
things away for things that, by comparison, are virtually garbage. Jesus
taught that His words and His way are like the pearl of great price, worth
everything else that one may give up in order to possess it.
Christianity is like the hidden treasure that a man found, and he sold all that he
had so that he would be able to buy it. It is worth self-denial, taking up one’s
cross, bearing whatever burden he must, and suffering whatever privation
necessary in order to have that which deserves to be first in one’s life.
The words of Christ resounds through the ages: “Seek ye first the kingdom of
God and His righteousness….” (Matthew 6:33 KJV).
Satan is the most ruthless criminal of all time. For mere pennies, he can buy
off souls that Christ gave His life to save — all because many are poor, poor
traders; they never truly learned the value of Christianity and their own life.
The Savior asks, “For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and
loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36 KJV).
Do we often think of what Christianity is worth?
One word sums it up.