This past Sunday we examined John 12:1-8. The theme of the passage is the infinite worth of Christ and how that was demonstrated by Mary’s extravagant display of her love and devotion for Jesus.
I had some additional thoughts on this subject and I’m going to put them in writing here.
The question asked on Sunday was “Are you giving your all for Christ?” Although I can’t speak for anyone else if I’m honest my answer would be no – there is still plenty of me and my possessions that could be given to demonstrate my professed love for Christ.
Wouldn’t it be wise to ask why, why am I not giving my all for Christ?
Here are my thoughts.
The primary reason that I’m not giving my all for Christ is because I love Christ too little and I love myself to much. Ouch those aren’t pretty words to write or hear. But I think if we examine our lives many of us would come to the same conclusion. How can I recognize this in my own life? Simple I just have to examine my moment by moment actions, I need look no farther than the multitude of decisions I make every day. Who comes first in my decision making? What about the choices that I make? Am I choosing my own comfort, my own will or am I choosing the harder path, the path of obedience.
How can I begin to remedy this situation?
Forgive me if you think my answer is too simplistic. But before you quickly dismiss it think about it. In order for me to give my all for Christ it starts with my obedience. Here is where I’m headed. By this I mean that I need to quit making excuses. Most of my failings are not the fault of others, they are mine because of the choices that I make. Let me illustrate. We all know that the Scriptures command us to seek God’s kingdom first and then God will add all of of those things that we spend all of our time striving for. Yet what do we so often do? We work first on our own kingdom and neglect God’s. Why do we do this? There are plenty of reasons we could explore but let me highlight just one. We have a problem because of our fallen natures with recognizing true value – not the hardware store but the true value of Christ. My choices reveal many things about my and one of those is what I value. I have to look no further than my choices to see what I really value.
How then can I begin to change my value system? How can I begin to properly value Jesus Christ?
1. Knowledge I can’t value what I don’t know. What appears to be a piece of old worthless furniture to the casual observer may be a priceless antique in the eyes of a skilled appraiser. The object always had value, what was lacking was knowledge. Perhaps we don’t value Christ the way we should because we don’t know Christ the way we should.
2. Where is this knowledge to be found? Any guesses? The knowledge that leads to a proper valuation of Christ is found in the Scriptures. That is where you must begin! That means spending time in the Scriptures must become a priority.
3. Desire. Many Christians view desire as wrong. But understand that all desires come from God it is us who distort God given desires and make them sinful. You must desire to know and appreciate the worth of Christ. Don’t you have a friendship that is priceless to you? I hope you do. Apply that same concept to you relationship with Christ. It is priceless because he is priceless!
4. Prayer. A prayer that God will be pleased to answer is your request to help you properly value the infinite worth of Christ. Granted because we are still imperfect creatures we will never be able to fully value Christ we can certainly do better than we have.