It amazes me what we as humans hold our value in. I mean, when I was younger, I valued my G.I. Joe’s. From the jet fighters, tanks, figurines and all the Cobra stuff; I valued my action figures”! 🙂 As I got older, I found value in coin collections, NASCAR collectables, and WWE title belts. Funny that I still have all of them! And still value watching NASCAR & WWE!
Yet what draws me to continue to value them? Well, like most habits, continuing to surround yourself with them will fill spaces you want to be left for God and other things. DVR’ing the shows each week, buy merchandise and eventually re-enacting what you see shows a value in your life that defines you. No matter the passion of the values, the more you invest in them, the more they become apart of you.
Take this same concept and think about the valuing you give your bad habits and addictions. Consider the irony of how the two relate and though you may admit the value of the good, but you will not admit the value of the bad. When sin is apparent in our lives and we are comfortable with its presence, then we show value to it by feeding its need for existence. If I was addicted to Internet porn, me keeping the internet because I “have other interests and things I do on it,” I am valuing the source to keep the sin alive instead of valuing the change needed in your life. If I was addicted to drugs and certain friends were my source to fulfill that need, keeping those friends are valuable to me instead of the sacrifice needed to change (getting rid of the friends).
What we value says a lot about what we hold dearest in our heart. So with all that we grasp to hold close; where does that leave Jesus in your life? Does His value outweigh all the rest or does other areas hold higher real estate than His!?
In Luke 5:17-26, Jesus is described as sitting amongst the Pharisees and teachers of the law:
“….They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Have you ever wanted to be near Jesus SO BAD that no obstacle could get in your way? Looking at the story in Luke 5, those men sought out Jesus from afar carrying a man who was paralyzed. Obviously someone they cared about and loved, just to lay this man before Jesus so that He might heal him. Have you carried someone you love that far to lay at Jesus’ feet for healing? Maybe not physically, but emotionally or spiritually in prayer? Each moment we allow to pass by without faithfully bringing those we love before Christ shows less value in them!
Think about it….when the men came to the place where Jesus was, the crowd was so large and packed that the men couldn’t get close to Jesus. Did that stop their quest? Absolutely not! The VALUE of His presence to those men was so great, they climbed the house He was in! Then what? The roof sat in the way between them, another obstacle perceived as too great to get through….yet they didn’t stop!
They risked lowering his body through the “tiles” of the roof to lay him before Jesus! Imagine the last time you were stopped by an obstacle and then went beyond that only to have to endure a more challenging and possibly more painful obstacle. Once he was in the presence of Jesus his faith was shown it’s destined value! Jesus recognized his faith immediately and proclaimed their sins were forgiven! Yet like Satan does so well, he tempted the Pharisees to question Jesus’ authority and in response, Jesus proclaimed the authority He has on earth. His authority healed the paralyzed man giving authority to his VALUE in Jesus Christ! Remember our authority!!
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)”
When addictions and bad habits overtake your values; the presence of Christ can’t be as strong because there is a lack of faith overshadowing Christ’s values He desires for you! Therefore…..GO….Christ’s value, given by His Father to Him and then passed on to us, His Disciples. The value of Christ’s presence on our lives in beyond all comprehension. Regular time with Him, renouncing all negative things, will build the greatest value ever in our lives. Is He worth it to you? Is His value in your life great enough that NO obstacle can get in your way? When all other avenues seem lost….will you go beyond them and even break through a barrier of addiction or habit to reach Him?
If you don’t feel this way at the moment; what’s stopping you from having the supernatural peace that goes beyond all understanding? The lighter yoke, the way to the light, the truth over the lies, and the LIFE that this world can never give you beyond temporary.
His name is Jesus. He values you enough to die for you; do you value Him enough to live for Him?