Infinite worth or infinite worthlessness?

“Christianity preaches the infinite worth of that which is seemingly worthless and the infinite worthlessness of that which is seemingly so valued.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

At the end of another week, I often look back on days dominated by things that may seem important at the time, but in the end hold no value in God’s view of things. God’s values are different from ours and I seem to keep running after that which God doesn’t. God ran after us, whereas I’m more likely to run after things that ultimately lead away from God.

God likes to remind us every now and then that things in His kingdom can be different from what we expect. God often turns our conceptions on their heads. For instance, Israel was looking for a conquering warrior king, but instead they got Jesus the carpenter.

As we go about life, we constantly come up against this tension. Things that we often strive after are not the things that God values. More money, a bigger car, nicer mountain bikes, and the general consumerism of our society. Status is a big thing, along with the better job or just being seen to be the top dog.

A verse for you

But Jesus says in Matthew 6 ‘People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. (Matthew 6:33 MSG)

The things that Jesus valued were different. The meek are to inherit, not the powerful, and money would get you nowhere with Jesus. He loved those on the outside of society and he loved those that hated him.

So this week, as we face choices and decisions in life, where are we putting our focus? On things that have infinite worth or things that have infinite worthlessness?

By Carl

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