I was once told that rich people brag about how much something cost them, while poor people brag about how little they paid for something. It’s interesting how different each of us are in what and how we value things. Each of us place different values on things according to how we were raised or what we’ve been through. I once watched an older lady pour her morning’s bacon grease on her salad as a dressing while the grand kids complained about the off brand ranch dressing she had on the table.
Some of us place high values on things, others on relationships, others on knowledge, and so on. I’ve found that people are willing to spend money and time on what they value. The average ticket purchased to go to Game 7 of the 2016 World Series was Over $2,000 according to TicketIQ. There were many who paid over $10,000. Some of you are freaking out about how much that cost while others are thinking those were great prices. It’s based on what you value. Jesus told us that where our treasure is (what we value) is where our heart is.
I don’t mean this message to be condemning, I’ve spent serious money to go to a game before. What I want today is to challenge us to think about what we value. Are we valuing the right things? Is our heart in the right place? If you look at where you spend large amounts of money, you’ll see what you value.
Here are some Bible verses on value and treasure.
1. Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight.
Psalms 119:111 NLT
2. However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 AMPC
3. Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 MSG
4. Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for yourselves in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal.
Matthew 6:19-20 GNT
5. For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.
1 Timothy 4:8 AMPC
6. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.
Philippians 3:8 NLT
7. This stone is of great value for you that believe; but for those who do not believe: “The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all.”
1 Peter 2:7 GNT
8. Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.
Luke 6:38 AMPC
9. Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.
Luke 12:33 NLT
10. Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bank robbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
Luke 12:33-34 MSG