When The World Sees Filth and Stench
I’ve purchased many cars in my life, but the one that stands out was the first car I acquired; a gray, 49′ Plymouth Coupe. The cost of this pride and joy was $80 broken into $20 installments until paid in full. It wasn’t long before I desired a classier car. Do I wish I had that coupe now? You bet I do! The value of a 49′ Plymouth Coupe now outstrips the value imagined then.
Do we conform to other people’s values? I’ll admit I have too often allowed other’s viewpoints to make my decisions. I dress to meet the acceptable style and buy, act, and speak to fit the “norm.”
Jesus doesn’t do that. He doesn’t judge us by popular opinion but by what’s in the heart. Our value cost more than silver or gold, dollars or rubies, it required a life. The life of God. Our value to the Father is far beyond what man can comprehend. When taken from this world we’ll realize the price He paid.
In the city of Kolkata (then Calcutta) India, Mother Teresa poured her life out. When the world saw filth and stench, she saw the elegant children of God.
However you see yourself, squalid by the stench of sin, God has declared immeasurably valuable. He paid the ultimate price for you and me to wear the royal robe and the crown of everlasting joy. Never again judge yourself as the world judges you, consider the value heaven puts on you and the decisions you make will come from analtogether different perspective.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
1 John 3:1
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.”
1 Peter 1:18, 19
“Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold … but with the precious blood of Christ,”