Lately, I have been pondering about, the things that we view as valuable, .. and as I ponder over it, 2 parables spoken by Jesus came to my mind…

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for 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 beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
(Matt 13 :44-45)

It seems to me, that when something is valuable, you would treasure it just like the merchant and the man in the parable.. Who sold off all that he own to acquire it. On the contrary, if there are things that are not valuable to us.. we would definitely take it lightly, and sometimes even we wont mind losing it just to get something that we want.

So.. may I ask all my readers… what is the thing that is valuable in your life? what would you give up in order to receive it? Over here are some example of people from the bible and the things that are precious to them

1. Abraham
As we had discussed sometimes ago, Abraham is the father of faith.. He left Ur of the Chaldean in order to have a relationship with God.. He spent many years sojourning in the Land of Canaan, waiting on the promise of God as he said, he would give him this land. In the end, Abraham died, and was buried in the land that God has promised him.. in a field that he bought from the Ephron the Hittite (Gen 23:1-16) .. Most people will find this an irony, as he was promised this land by God, yet he died without getting it.

What is precious to him?
Abraham treasured the relationship he had with God, he knows that the most important thing for following God, is to enter the heavenly rest, a much better country compared to what God has promised him on earth (Heb 11:13-16)… This is precious that he is willing to give up his comfortable life in Ur and Haran to follow God…

2. Jacob and Esau
Esau was the grandson of Abraham, he was suppose to be the firstborn, the one that is suppose to inherit the promise of God given to Abraham his grandfather… He is a wild man, and once he return from the field and was hungry, Esau saw Jacob his brother had a pot of red pottage.. He wanted it so badly.. that he traded his birth right, to Jacob.. allowing Jacob now then to be the guy that inherit Gods blessing (Gen 25:29-34)… later on when Esau wanted the blessing, he can never receive it anymore.. Although he sought it with tears.(Gen 27: 34-35)

What is precious to them?
To Esau, having physical comfort, enjoyment is very important, it can be seen in how he handled marriage (Gen 26:34-35, Gen 28:6-9).. To him, God was not important, and the heavenly country is too far away compared to the physical comfort that he had… so ..he willingly traded away all these

To Jacob, although he was unable to get everything.. he treasured God inheritance and blessing more than anything else, which prompt him to deceive to get it… Although he deployed devious matters. God still loved him .. (Mal 1:2-3)

3. David
David was no doubt the most legendary king in Israel, famous for his exploits , his killing of Goliath, as well as his many psalms and hymns written all over the old testament. So.. what is precious to him? Lets us see some extracts from the poems he had written

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”” (Ps 122:1)

One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. (Ps 27:4)

What was precious to him?
To David, all his enjoyments in life are insignificant compared to a chance to visit the house of God.. Which he view as very precious … much more valuable than all the perks he will receive as the King of Israel. He is indeed a man after Gods heart (Acts 13:22)

4. Paul
Well, how can we missed out Paul, one of the main contributors to the New testament bible, the precious in his life is echoed very clearly in his epistles to the Philippians

“though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ ” Php 3: 4-8)

What is precious to him?
Initially in Paul’s life, his status as a Pharisee, a Jew of the Jews, a persecutor of Christians are precious to him, because he innocently believe that he is executing judgement on behalf of God.. But after Christ touched him on the road to Damascus, the only precious thing in his life, is none other than Christ Jesus himself.

5. Judas
Judas was the infamous disciple of Jesus whom betrayed the Lord … Judas was the disciple in charge of the money box of Jesus and his disciples. In fact, he started hs path to sin by taking money from the box periodically (Jn 12:4-6).  Slowly, his sin started to grow, and he needed more money to statisfy it .. slowly it grew to 30 Pieces of Silver  (matt 26:15). which was the price for Jesus. , Jesus still loved him to the end, washed his feet. and Jesus even pointed out that he is the betrayer.. (Jn 13:25-26, Matt 26:25).  But he still did not repent and until finally, the devils caught hold of him. 
What is precious to him?
Judas started by taking small amount of money, slowly his desire for money got  stronger and stronger. Finally, Jesus loses his significance in the life of Judas.. and Judas  literally exchanged Jesus for 30 pieces of silver… When Jesus finally was nailed on the cross.. Judas realised what he had done . but yet it was too late for him to turn back… so when guilt finally caught up to him.. and he finally used the money, buy a field and hang himself.  (matt 27:3-10, Acts 1:18-20)

6. Jesus Christ
I guess, i do not need to introduce my greatest friend out to everyone isn’t it? So.. to cut the story short… What is precious to Jesus?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:7-8

When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Matt 9:12-13

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Lk 15:7

What is precious to him?
I guess the verses speaks for itself, do not me to tell you much isn’t it?

So what is precious to us?
Lately, this question is bugging my mind very badly..There was a mother who was so eager to leave the church, saying that she had this on and that on… although her children wanted to much to sit in the church and have fellowship with the brothers and sisters it went to an extent that she must drag her kids out.

There was another , Where it was so hard to come churchand listern to the word of God for an hour, yet for something else that is precious to him is willing to go all lengths and all effort, just to secure it, includes going for extensive lessons, flying all the way to another country … Includes leaving God for good..

Is God still the Lord of our lives? When we address him as Lord, do we say this with the bottom of our hearts and with conviction? Is he really the Lord of our lives? if yes, why do we simply trade him away for something else? Is that thing really that precious to us, so much so that this finite life seems to be longer than eternity? So once again in my life, I would make this same declaration as Paul

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?As it is written:
” For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8: 35-39)

Will you also make this same declaration with me? May God help us all..