Something More Valuable
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” - Luke 6:38
Have you ever watched Antiques Roadshow on PBS?
For those that aren’t familiar, they travel the US, inviting people to bring in various items that they think might be valuable, and have them appraised by the show’s experts. What makes it to air is usually a collection of items from isn’t that cute all the way to you could retire on that! For those who’ve watched it before, you’re well aware of some of the astounding finds and the incredible stories behind those items.
Just this week, an episode aired from North Dakota, where an Air Force veteran brought in a watch he’d purchased in 1973.
“David” was stationed in Thailand from 1971-1975, disposing of un-exploded ordinances. He noticed that commercial pilots were wearing Rolex watches and the quality of them was so high they could be worn while scuba diving. So he saved up roughly a month’s salary and purchased an Oyster, Cosmograph Rolex watch through the base exchange for $345.
The appraiser then goes on to explain that this particular watch is special, and why - the condition, the fact that all of the documents and packaging is there, that a similar watch was made famous by Paul Newman in the movie Winning and so on. A similar watch, he explains, could fetch $400,000 at auction. At this, David falls to the ground in disbelief.
But there’s more.
The appraiser goes on to explain that this watch, may be the best of the lot and could fetch anywhere from $500,000 - $700,000!
What a valuable find!
But something else struck me about this story. You see, David purchased the watch nearly 50 years ago because he was impressed by the quality of the watch - this one even had specially designed buttons that could be clamped down, very good for scuba diving! And yet, over the years, he never wore it, and only brought it out of his safe on a couple of occasions to look at it.
To me, that’s a tragedy.
And it’s not all that different from the gospel.
You and I have been given something of tremendous value. If we were to take it to an appraiser, it would surely knock us off our feet. The question is, what do we do with it? Do we, like David, tuck it away in a safe somewhere? Or do we use it as it was intended?
The infinite value of our salvation, of the gift of God’s love and grace, of the talents and Spirit God has poured out on us, will grow in value only as we use them. They will multiply exponentially as they are known, received and experienced by other people!
One day we will stand before God and come to discover the true value of all that he’s given us - let’s make sure we’ve been using it in the meantime!
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,