The Value System of God’s Kingdom

March 29, 2011 at 9:15 am | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Wisdom | 1 Comment

The values of God’s kingdom are so different than ours, often they are totally opposite.  Here are a number of statements from the stories Jesus tells in Luke 14, 15, 16 that indicate the difference in these value systems.  Notice how these counter what we constantly hear in the media and advertisements of our day.

When you are invited to a banquet go and sit in the lowest place, for “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (14:11)  “When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” (14:13 and 21)  You are to invite them because they cannot repay you, but “you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (14:14)  “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (14:33)  “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (15:7)  “You cannot serve God and money.” (16:13)  “What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” (16:14)

Jesus teaches that, as subjects of God’s kingdom, our value system must align with God’s rather than the worlds.  In this way we can lay up eternal treasures.  One of the stories he tells in these chapters brings out this point in a surprising way.  The dishonest steward in Luke 16 is pointed to as someone to emulate, not because he embezzled from his employer, but because he acted in a way that invested in the future.  So we must act in ways that invest in eternity.  The conclusion of the story is “Make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into eternal dwellings.” (16:9)

Here is a great prayer from David reminding us to pursue eternal values:  “O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!  Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you.  Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!  Surely a man goes about as a shadow!  Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather!  And now, O Lord, for what do I wait?  My hope is in you.” (Psalm 39:4-7)

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  1. Yes, thank you God that our hope IS in YOU!!!!


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