Originally scheduled for July 13
It doesn’t take much thought to realize that
measuring the value of something cannot always be done with a credit
There are some thing which we do
value using a credit card.
They are the more mundane things of life; these are the
things of which Christ said, “Your Father knows you have need of
them.” Gasoline, grain
or gravy; they are worth what you pay for them.
Other things are valued by what you
forego in order to keep them.
If you have the world’s most perfect wife, it’s wise to
forego all the others to keep the best.
Some things are know by how tightly
you cling to them. Have
you ever seen a small child clutching tightly to a teddy bear? No
price tag can measure that.
May I suggest that the “Pearl of Great Price” –
your faith – can be measured in these ways as well?
There is a monetary measurement –
tithes and offerings.
Your checkbook is often your biography, you know.
If you are a true Christian, then you
have let go of what the King James Version called “the pleasures of
sin for a season.” What
you don’t do is sometimes a measure of who you are.
Perhaps most precious of all is how
you cling to the faith.
This is especially true in times of grief, when comfort can be
freely given but never purchased.
We may see these ways of measurement in the
love God has shown to us, as well.
The agony that Christ suffered on the
Cross is the most visible means by which we can see God’s love for
us. It is that suffering
and death that we are called to remember in Communion.
Think, too, of what Christ gave up
for the opportunity to die that way:
He who was in heaven, the equal of God the Father, left the
glory of his life there for our sake.
Even today, we see God’s love in the
way He clings to His Bride – the church.
His providential care for us is shown in the billions of
people who worship him.
We cannot put a credit card number to all this.
He does not ask us to try.
All that he asks us to do is to remember his great love for
us, shown at the Cross.
This do in remembrance of him – who sacrificed beyond our
measurement that we might be saved.