Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What Does God Value?

On Sunday my pastor shared some ideas that hit my conscience pretty hard. After mulling over them the last two days, I thought I'd share them with you.
What things do you value the most? Let's take a look at what many people in our culture generally deem significant.
Houses. We live in these! We want our home to be nice and attractive.
Cars. Who doesn't want a nice, comfortable vehicle? I do.
Careers. We want enough money to live comfortably - if not luxuriously.

Friendships. Many times we look to our friends for approval, self-worth, and fulfilment.
These are things that some say make up the "American dream." Nice home, cool car, good job, lots of friends. Is there anything wrong with putting value on these things? Well, God tends to look at things differently than we do. A lot differently. Let's look at these things from God's perspective.

God won't ever ask you what kind of car you drove.
He'll ask you how many you drove who needed a ride.

God won't ask what the square footage of your house was.
He'll ask how many you welcomed into your home.

God won't ask how large of a salary you earned.
He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

God won't ask what your job title was.
He'll ask if you carried out your job to the best of your ability.

God won't ask what brand of clothing you wore.
He'll ask how many you clothed.

God won't ask how many friends you had.
He'll ask how many people you befriended when they needed it.

God won't ask what neighborhood you lived in.

He will ask how you treated your neighbors.

Humans tend to value material things. God values our souls. He desires a relationship with me, you, and everyone! That's why He cares more about how many we welcome into our home than how nice our home is. Will we witness to more people by owning a large house, or by offering a place for needy people to stay?
However, we must remember that doing all these good things isn't enough to save us. If our good deeds aren't a result of a relationship with Jesus, they're nothing more than empty actions. God wants our hearts more than anything. After we've given our hearts to Him, we can use the things He has blessed us with to tell others the Good News!

It seems like I can never escape the material preferences of my human heart. So this week, I'm going to be asking God to give me His heart, so I can think like Him, live like Him, and value what He values.


Anonymous said...

This is very good, Liberty! How true that God's priorities are often different from our own.

"... My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD." --Isaiah 55:8.


Anonymous said...

Capitalism, the system we live under, extolls all these things: valuing, placing the utmost importance on how much wealth a person has. A big fancy house, an expensive car, a cushy high-paying job. The "American Dream" indeed. A materially-driven life of attaining the maximum wealth and possessions at the expense of others. A race to the top, a dog eat dog, me first, world where if anybody gets in your way you should step over them or step on them if they won't move. Where doing good to others carries a price tag. Only help others and do good to them if it benefits yourself. Only do good if you yourself can get something out of it.

All this is the teaching of capitalism. All this is what capitalism values. Its the system of a wicked sinful society. Capitalism doesn't square with the teachings of Christ. In fact they seem to be the opposite of one another. Under capitalism we are poisoned with the mindset of piling up treasures on Earth instead of Heaven. At the expense of our souls. We sell our souls in exchange for what we are told we need. You are right: faith without good works is worthless. Just as good works without faith is worthless.

It all comes down to 2 opposing sets of hearts and values: the love of God and Christ and for one another, or the love of money and all the evils that lie down that road.

Hudson said...

We can live comfortably, but America does need to think less of what they have and pay more attention to God and the people ruining our country.