Values

What do you value? What is valuable to you in life? Do you value life itself? To value something, it means that something or someone holds some sort of worth.
Whatever you value is what you will direct most of your attention towards. If you have children and you focus on making them well-rounded, you invest time and effort into their education, gifts/talents, and you may have partnered with their school and administrators, so that everyone knows that you as the parent/guardian have a vested interest in your child’s education.

If you are in college, you value the completion of finishing and obtaining a degree in your field of study. You make weekly sacrifices of studying and preparing for your career as opposed to hanging out with friends. You envision walking across the stage with a graduation stole, moving the tassel from one side to the next, which is a physical indication of officially accomplishing your goal.

At the beginning of a new year, we see many people who value their appearance and they make sacrifices by setting the alarm, getting to the gym, and working out before heading off to work. You may even invest in meal prep to ensure that you do not indulge in snacking and over eating.

These are small examples that describe the things we give attention to or are valuable to us. Where our heart directs us is where we place more attention. The Bible explains it at such:

Luke 12:34 (NKJV)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

A treasure is described as holding valuable objects that are considered lost and/or forgotten until they are rediscovered. The Bible states that where are treasure is, is where we will find our heart. Whatever we deem as valuable, is what we are passionate about. The treasure is linked to the desires of your heart. It’s interesting that a treasure is defined as a vessel that holds valuable objects that are lost or forgotten…until they are Rediscovered.

Our love for our Father was lost in sin…until He found us where we were, helped us back on our feet, and interceded on our behalf for mercy and grace (I feel like falling face forward right now in worship). Have we somewhat forgotten the hand of mercy and grace that was extended in our weakest moment?

Perhaps this explains why we become half-hearted in our commitment and relationship to God. When Jesus is our treasure, we have no issue committing our resources (time, money and gifts) to His purpose. Better yet, our purpose aligns with His because we treasure Him.

Are you motivated to serving the Lord? Do you value the commitment you made, knowing that there is an eternal reward?

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)

The Lord will not forget the smallest service that we perform for Him; the smallest service equates to the greatest reward. Your value should not decrease based on someone’s ability/inability to see your worth. Remember where your reward comes from.

Let us not forget what is most valuable in this life. We were created by God, for a specific purpose and should live our lives for His glory – not for our own. Remember, whatever we do for Him, has a reward that we cannot even imagine.

Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. Hebrews 10:35 (NKJV)

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