Worthy 4

Often, we think of worth in terms of material value. How much was spent for something and how much it is worth now. A car purchased two years ago for 30K is now worth 16K, but a house purchased ten years ago for 140K is worth 225k. There is also sentimental value where the worth is first, and foremost, emotional. In fact, there are five different types of values by which we judge worth: functional, social, emotional, epistemic, and aesthetic. Based on them we all ascribe worth differently according to how we perceive these values of importance. The reasoning behind the value of a car, my house or my wife’s wedding ring is determined by very different factors. In many cases when it comes to what we value, worth is determined subjectively. A good example of subjective value is how we spend our time. For example: family, work, friendships, church, personal interest and hobbies are ways we show what we value. To me a Dodgers game has very little value but to another missing a playoff game would be unthinkable and even considered a great loss. On the other hand, that Dodgers fan may not have any interest in knife making (my personal hobby) and find the skill a waste of time. The knife maker and the Dodgers fan can look at the same time-consuming activity and feel very differently about its worth. In fact, in the last hundred and fifty years some philosophers and economist have started to argue that all worth is determined subjectively, this theory is called the subjective theory of value.

Subjective value may make some sense if you study economics or want to know why the new iPhone is $1200. However, in the Christian World View there is no such thing as subjective value. Instead the Bible clearly defines value and worth for us. For example, we know that life is priceless because we are made in the image of God. In addition we know that creation was originally “very good’ because God said it. We also know that God requires faith because “without faith it is impossible to please God.” For Christians to have a proper understanding of value we must live with an eternal mindset. If we just died and there was nothing after that, then all would be temporal and what we valued in our lives would have been subjective. But in fact, we are eternal, and our perspective and values should not be based on what is temporal. Real value and worth should be ascribed only to that which is eternal and even our temporal interest (all that is not eternal) should be valued through the lens of eternity. Simply put, this world is passing away but our eternal souls will live forever, and eternity should shape our perspective of worth. All that to say at the center of eternity stands one figure all powerful, sovereign and He is Jesus. He is the visible image of the invisible God. He is our mediator with the Father. He is our High Priest and the sacrifice for our sins. He is our King, the creator of all things and by Him all things hold together. If we are to know our real value and worth by taking on an eternal mindset, then the reality is our eternal King is Worthy of all our attention, thoughts, passion, trust, admiration, obedience, praise and love. We can’t think about Him too much, we can’t seek Him enough, He is the highest thought, He has the highest name and by it alone we are saved! He is the cornerstone and all reality is grounded in Him. He is the sovereign ruler over everything and still He has time for you! The question we must ask is do we have time for Him or have we filled our lives with temporal things we tend to over value? No matter your current relationship with Jesus we all could use more time with Him and less time distracted. Will you partner with me in praying for an eternal perspective and seeking Him today because He is Worthy?

Andrew Ausley