How Much Do We Value Our Saviour?
“Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”
Matthew 4:10 (NIV)
The word worship comes from the Old English “worthship,” expressing the value or worth of something. A dictionary definition includes reverence, homage, adoration, devotion, honour and respect. And for Christians when we express value and worth, it is to none other than the living God. What is it that we value about Him? That He gave us life and continues to sustain it day by day. The blessings He gives us. The beauty and love we can experience. The fact that we have been able to come to know Him. But above all, that He sent His son into the world to live and die and be raised again for each of us personally, so that our death penalty for sin could be paid in our stead and we can have the hope of life eternal in love and joy and happiness with God. We should never underestimate how valuable that is. And the value that we place on that sacrifice should define the importance we place on worship.
Christ’s sacrifice is priceless. No amount of money can buy what he has done for us. If something is priceless how do we treat it? If we were lucky enough to have something really valuable, a large diamond maybe, a celebrated work of art, or a “priceless” vase, what would we do with it? Would we hide it away in a shed and leave it to rot or go mouldy? Would we leave it in the middle of the floor where it could get trampled on or have things spilt on it? Would we leave it outside so anyone could steal it? No – we’d treat it very carefully. We’d invest time, money and energy in looking after it, because we valued it so much. We’d insure it against theft or damage. We’d keep it in a safe place. Maybe we’d put it on display in a secure cabinet to show it off to its best.
What about relationships with people we really love and value, our spouse, our children, our parents, close friends? Hopefully we make time for them, talk to them, do nice things for them. We show them how much they mean to us by expressing love to them.
So how much do we value that priceless gift, the greatest relationship of all? And how do we express that value? Do we invest time, money, energy in that relationship? Or do we have a tendency to shut Jesus out, metaphorically leave him in the shed, think of him only occasionally, like only remembering our priceless vase when we spy it in the corner when we get the lawnmower out? Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Worship to God is about our whole lives. The way we treat people. The words we say. The things we do. The thoughts in our minds. The attitude in our hearts. Everything about our lives is an opportunity to show love to God, to show how much we value Him.
Almighty God, thank you so much for the priceless gift of your son. Help us to truly appreciate how valuable that is, and to live our lives as an act of worship. In Jesus’ name.
Study by Simon Williams