January 21st - Priceless
Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:1-4 (NKJV)
Years ago a baby was born. She had lived in the shelter of her mother’s womb for less than five months. Due to medical complications with the pregnancy this tiny traveler arrived earlier than expected. She was so small that she could be held in the palm of a hand and the medical staff immediately went to work, doing everything they knew to do to save her life. Three million dollars were spent to save this tiny girl…and she lived. She started life with a three million dollar price tag and yet in the eyes of God she was priceless.
Humility starts with the price tag that we place on other people. Can we really esteem others as better than ourselves? We can if we view others as priceless. This is what separates the Church from secular society—we place a very high value on life. (And I am talking about life from the beginning to the end and everything in between) We look out for the interests of others—we strive to be helpful and encourage others—we pray and hope and reach out in love when we see others struggling in life. Why do we live this way? We are compelled by the love of God that lives in us, and through His love we see others as God sees them… Priceless.
I cannot say that there is nothing in my life that doesn’t have the scent of selfish ambition or conceit; but it becomes less of a problem when I turn the focus of my effort away from serving myself and on serving the family of man that surrounds me. Is this that which God wants to create in me? A heart that bleeds for others? Is this what compelled God to send Jesus? “For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Author’s Note: I am ashamed to say that most of my effort in life has been all about me. It is embarrassing and humiliating to admit it, but it is all too true. About the time grandchildren entered my world, my heart and world view was changed by love. I was confronted with beings that I love more than I love myself, or at least helped me understand the concept. Now it is hard for me to see a child, (any child) without feeling great compassion—knowing that every child is priceless in the eyes of God. RJD