Value in Christ

Posted Jun 15, 2011 by Corey McCain in Christian Life Style Hits: 7,555

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt 16:26)

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Heb 2:14-15

Every human seems to have a built in desire to live and a fear of death. By fear of death I mean a fear of ceasing to exist. According to Jesus our soul should mean everything to us when compared to anything in this world. There is only one way we get to keep our soul though and that is “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12) Therefore the Son of God is everything to us for without Him our soul is lost forever. Christ has all the value we will ever need for without Him we have nothing in the long run. Look at it like this, because I have Christ in me I will live forever. If I do not have Christ in me I will perish for eternity.

When we truly understand that Christ is all of our value then the devil can have no hold on us. In the world a dollar bill is worth a dollar and a million dollars is worth a million dollars. To a Christian what is the difference of value a dollar bill brings you and a million dollars? The answer is nothing as both scenarios are actually worthless and can give you no value as all of your value only comes from Christ. What difference does it make if you die today with a dollar or a million dollars? None because you will either live forever or you will perish, thus money should give you no value. The understanding of money would then be recognizing that it is a tool that can be used to glorify God or benefit self because I’m drawing some type of value from it.

A person comes up to you and tears into you telling you that you are fat, poor, ugly, short, and stupid. This is an example as it could be a host of different ways a person tries to tear another down. If Christ is in you, you will live forever so in reality does this person's words have any real meaning to you? If Christ is in you and you truly grasp that He is your value then this person's attack on you should fall like darts that hit a cement wall. His attack on you cannot change the fact that you will live forever. The selfish thing would be to get offended but the Bible says “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” (Psalm 119:165) The fact that this person did this to you shows they probably don’t have Christ living in them and therefore this person is going to die forever. How sad this should make us feel for this person because they don’t have Christ. Notice your feelings are now other centered and you may now be setup to possibly minister to this person which in fact you probably already have. It’s likely you made an impact because this person probably can’t understand why you are not jumping up and down defending yourself or fighting back.

You’re in Sabbath school and the class is all very aware that you don’t accept their Trinity doctrine. The teacher and classmates are making the usual comments that are untrue about what we believe or they may be expressing their views on the Trinity. You recognize the error and the impression comes in to rebuke this error. What are the odds that the people who already know where you stand on this are going to listen to this one correction and convert? Not very likely is it. What are the odds that a spirit of debate comes in that disrupts the class and possibly even brings in arguments or other satanic spirited comments? The possibility is probably very high. How long will the Church tolerate this before taking action against you? Who knows how long but since Christ lives in me I should be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”(Matt 10:16) The fact is because Christ lives in me I will live forever but those who are wandering down these dark paths are in danger of dying forever. Christ wants us to be a light in the darkness but if my light is thrown out of the church because I felt I needed to shine it directly in their eyes then how much light will remain in the church? The point is I can receive no value by proving people wrong but by holding my submissive attitude my light may continue to shine and given time some will recognize that light. It may only be 1 person and not 100 but again we only have value through Christ living in us and not in the numbers we convert or the people we correct. Given time your life will be a constant rebuke that the Holy Spirit will have access to and you can do it without even speaking in many cases.

There are numerous scenarios we could think of such as marriages but we will always see that Christ must be our value. If your husband treats you bad, why be discouraged and want a divorce? If Christ lives in you aren’t you going to live forever? Shouldn’t the focus be off yourself in order to recognize your poor husband is lost and will perish? Your husband can add no value to you as it all comes from Christ. If he eventually recognizes Christ in you and accepts Him then the fact that He treats you better is because of Christ and not because he is suddenly giving you value. You must recognize that the blessing that comes to you is a blessing from God as the person in that channel can give you no value.

When we really understand that Christ is our value then just think of the things in your life that you deal with which may frustrate you. In reality you can let this all go because if Christ lives in you then these things are irrelevant because a million years from now you won’t even remember them. Even the life we now live can be given up for the cross as the only life that counts is the life of Christ which will bring you up out of the grave. Father in Heaven help me to truly understand that Christ is my value so that my life my do the witnessing.