Perceived Value vs. True Value


What does the world we live in value?

  • Money
  • Status
  • Popularity
  • Perfection
  • Nirvana

The way our world believes can often be summed up by the popular statement; “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

While these things may be satisfying for a while, that satisfaction goes away, and our song becomes; “I can’t get no satisfaction”.

The status that we work and work for, to get the respect and all the trimmings and bling, steal from our families the one thing they really want; our presence. 

Note the spelling.  Presence, not presents. 

Our families will soon forget what we bought them, but they will never forget that we took time to be with them.

We believe that if we have all this “stuff”, then we will also have the attention and admiration of those with whom we come into contact with. 

Adding all this to our lives will give us a “perfect” life.

We reach Nirvana.  Nirvana, defined as paradise and heaven. 

Unfortunately, the further definition of Nirvana is illusion or fantasy.  The trimmings and bling and stuff that we have acquired, need care.  Lots of care. 

All that care takes away some of the feeling of paradise, and also takes away from our people the very thing they want most.  Time that is only for them.

In the end, all the bling will all go away.  In the end, all the trimmings will all turn to dust.  This too shall burn.

What do we as Christians value?

  • Money
  • Status
  • Popularity
  • Perfection
  • Fire Insurance

In the world in which we live, many Christians, not all, but many, live the same kind of lives that the people who don’t claim to know God live. 

Their desire is to have everything that their pre-Christian counter-parts have. 

The difference is simply that they put a great big God label on all their stuff.  It is even possible to find a scripture or two to back up all of their getting. 

These continue to live on in this life style because they know that they will spend eternity in heaven with God. 

Fire Insurance.

What does God value?

God values YOU!  He created YOU!  He loves YOU!

Read what Ron Hutchcraft has to say about your value;

You’ve probably had plenty of messages in your life that have made you feel more like the postcard than the masterpiece. Maybe you’ve been rejected, ignored, hurt, or used. Maybe you’ve been criticized a lot, put down, and all by people who didn’t know who you really are. But because of all those negative messages, you have this lie playing in your brain – “you’re not worth much; you can’t do much; you’re not good enough.” Remember it’s not your friends who determine what you’re worth, or your critics, or your family, or your culture, or your boss. It is your Designer. He gave you your worth the moment you were conceived by Him.          

Remember Psalm 139:13-16

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

God values your life.  Your value comes from Him alone.

If you have not had your Significant Encounter with Jesus Christ yet, you can begin to understand your value in Him. 

When you are ready, you can click on the “Rescue” tab at the top of the page.


5 thoughts on “Perceived Value vs. True Value

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  2. I might go as far as to say that we can begin to “worship” money, popularity, property, etc. And God really doesn’t like competition! And you’re right, presence is far more important than presents.


    • Thanks for your visit Brian.
      The world we live in every day is set up for that “worship” isn’t it?
      Since we were built for worship, it is easy to choose the wrong thing.


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