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All I Have for All I Want

By: Dr. Skip Myers
web posted August 28, 2006
Edgefielddaily.com columnist

What would be worth selling everything you own in order to possess it?  It would have to be something you consider more valuable than the sum total of all you own: our house, your investments, your cars, your toys, and your bank accounts.  Very few ever have this opportunity—or do they?  This “thing” would have to be something you would treasure because you realize its value.  You would guard it and make sure it is secure.  Others would know just how much you value it simply because it be the sum total of your personal worth.

This thing would make you subject to its power to influence who you are and how you act.  We give all things we value a certain amount of power to influence us.  We order our lives around these things and consider them before making decisions.  But if this thing truly had the value we thought it did then, all this would be worth it.  It would be worth it just to call it our own.  We would be envied by others.  They would see the worth of what we had and how it affected our lives and they would want it too. 

How much is Jesus worth to you?  Jesus is the treasure of God.  Truly valuable things are rare.  The more unique they are, the more value they possess.  Jesus is one of a kind.  He is truly unique.  We are given the opportunity to possess the most priceless thing known to this world.  When we do find the Lord and we have this wonderful relationship with Him we discover that He is all we want.  So in order to give all I have to get all I want isn’t a bad deal.  No one else can give you what you find in the Lord.  We’ve just become so numbed by our daily routine that we have lost sight of the priceless nature of what He brings into our lives. 

There is a danger of making Him just another “possession” among the clutter in our lives.
The problem isn’t that we own too many valuable things.  The problem is that we make too many valuable things too mundane.  We then run the risk of reducing the Lord to just another possession.  When this happens our lives become confused.  Everything can’t be of equal value and therefore of equal control in our lives.  Something has to rise to the top of the heap.  That something is always what we value the most.  That something is what we will order our lives around and give control of our daily lives to. 

The only thing possessing the power, love, and wisdom to always act in our best interest is the Lord.  (Once again, for proof of this we need look no further than the cross.  I don’t care what you may think about the Lord you cannot get around the love of the cross.)  Why not have Him at the top of the heap?  He is the only thing I know worth giving all to have.  Why, because He is the only thing capable of loving us perfectly, leading us perfectly, and giving us abundantly eternal life both now and later.  Giving all you are in order to gain all you want is certainly not a bad arrangement. 

The one thing you can be assured of is that this treasure only appreciates in value.  As His value goes up in our lives, so does the joy and peace we experience.  Show Him and others just how valuable He is to you.  Order your life around His will and proudly display His nature through your life.  Consider Him the greatest possession of your life because He is.

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.  Matthew 13:44-46

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.  2 Timothy 1:14

You are the treasure chest of God.  You hold His greatest gift to this world, Jesus Christ.  Let others know His value in your life.  Let’s celebrate His worth this Sunday together.

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