My husband and children occasionally like to watch a television show about a pawn shop. People come in with all sorts of items in the hopes of walking away with cash in their pockets. Once a description of the item is given, the shop personnel always ask “What do you want for it?”. They never offer up an amount they want to pay before asking what the seller has in mind. Most people over value the item they’ve brought to sell and will either go home with less money than they had hoped for, or take their item back without the sell. The shop personnel are experienced in many different types of items and what fair values would be, however, they are not experts. At times they have the opportunity to purchase something they believe to be valuable and will have an expert examine it before the deal is done.
Then there is the antique show where people bring their treasured items to have them assessed by professionals. It is not uncommon for someone to discover that a simple item passed from generation to generation has great monetary value. The items that have been the most well-preserved will be of greater value than those with defects. Anyone who watches this program wonders if there are valuable treasures in the garage or attic, just waiting to be uncovered!
We’ve probably all heard or read the stories of people who have purchased great works of art at garage sales because the previous owner had no idea of its value. Or perhaps the heir to a vast fortune who lived as a pauper. I recently heard a story of a queen’s attendant that upon retirement was given everything she needed for the rest of her life in a written document from the queen. The woman lived in desperate poverty with the document framed and hanging on the wall of her shack. She couldn’t read and had no idea what it said. How very sad!
Simple, everyday decisions are an indication of what we believe is worth the money or the effort. Such as the decision to purchase a garment that may be a bit pricey, but we know the quality is good and will last for many years. Or the decision to crawl out of bed an hour earlier than most so that the workout is done before the day gets busy because we understand the value of taking care of our physical bodies. And of course, the decision to pass on the cheesecake and have an apple instead. Even though it’s hard or it hurts, we know it will be worth it. Our money, time, and efforts reap great rewards when invested in things of true value.
Many people in America have a great treasure in their homes that often gets overlooked. There may be more than one and because they are relatively inexpensive to purchase, they are seldom viewed as of great value. Some lie neglected, covered with dust. Some are proudly displayed on coffee tables, yet seldom used. Others are frazzled and worn from much handling. But do we really know how much they are worth?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it.” John 1:1-5
We have the written account of Jesus’ life and the words He spoke for the purposes of our lives. He is the Word. He is the Light. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He has promised to help us with anything in our lives that we need, to lead us in the way we should go, to take the cares of this life upon Himself so that we could enjoy peace and rest, to open our eyes to mysteries that are hidden from those who are not His children.
What is His word worth to us? Is it worth turning off the television or the computer to make time to read? Is it worth skipping a social event in order have some quality time really studying the Bible. Is it worth pushing through the difficulty of study, persevering until understanding comes?
Jesus has the words of life (John 6:68). Not just for the days in which He walked this earth, but now. Today. He has the words we need for whatever this day has brought our way. We will spend all of eternity discovering just how valuable these words are. How sad it would be to have lived out our days with every answer we needed sitting right on our desk and we never took much time to find them.