“the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13)
In God’s eyes, you and I and every other human being on this planet is each worth more than all the material wealth and all the natural resources and beauty in the world combined. Now, you might look at your neighbour and say “I find that hard to believe.” If you’re like me, you might look in the mirror some days and say the same thing.
So why does God so love us? Because He created us in His own image; He created us spiritual beings, different from the rest of creation. If you doubt that, remember that every people group on the planet has a notion of the supernatural and of the difference between good and evil.
One of the things that sets us apart is that we’re created with a desire to serve and with the freedom to choose our own master.
If you doubt that, ask yourself this: If you’re forever focusing your words and actions on some particular person or thing, at the expense of everything and everybody else, then that’s the master you serve.
Some choose to serve money, for others it’s their job, house, car, food, jewellery, sport, pleasure, power, ambition, pride, revenge, self-pity and so on. But in God’s eyes, each and every human being is worth more than all the money, all the jobs, houses, cars, food, jewellery, sport, pleasure, power, etc in the whole world put together.
So who do you serve?
False gods make bad masters. When we serve them, we become less and less like the image of God in which we were created and we become uglier and uglier in the eyes of our neighbours and (if we’re honest) ourselves.
Let’s open our spiritual eyes and recognise the true value of ourselves and our neighbours and stop serving false gods.
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24)