Above all else#12. “Value.”

Above all else#12. “Value.”

In 2015, a woman left three boxes of electronics at a recycling facility in Milpitas, California. They contained things that had belonged to her deceased husband. Declining a receipt, saying the items were worthless, she drove away, leaving no name. Among those “worthless” items was a first-generation Apple 1 desktop computer—one of only 200 personally built by Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It was sold to a private collector for $200,000.

The old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” most certainly applies to that “worthless” computer. But let’s face it, for you and me, that computer, if we owned it, would probably only have worth because of the value that someone else has placed upon it.

God’s value system exceeds anything a man is able to comprehend.

We easily forget that our sins are motivated by lust and selfishness. Such was the low value that we placed on God’s glorious Law, that we instead sold ourselves as slaves to sin (Rom.7:14). Outside of Christ, we were, in and of ourselves, beyond saving.

So, when calculating the value of our salvation, we should first ask: “Why would a completely Holy God die for a completely unholy people?”

It is an only eternal love that could have motivated Jesus to rescue us from hell by dying on the cross—Praise God! Glory Hallelujah!

The whole Bible is a book of values. From page to page we see God contrasting that which He counts as most precious with that which man counts as most precious. From beginning to end we see man selling out for the temporary, and God paying out for the eternal.

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

John Staiger


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