Zechariah 11:12 “Then I addressed them: “Pay me what you think I’m worth.” They paid me an insulting sum, counting out thirty silver coins.”
Zechariah 11:13 “GOD told me, “Throw it in the poor box.” This stingy wage was all they thought of me and my work! So I took the thirty silver coins and threw them into the poor box in GOD’s Temple.” (MSG)
What is the key to correctly valuing things and people? The key is understanding the principle of the intangible. Learning to “see” correctly.
Correctly valuing things and people has to do with seeing beyond the physical. Hear this:
2 Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen [are] temporal; but the things which are not seen [are] eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18 “There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” (MSG)
The principle of the intangible states that, “the things we do not see are of more value and are superior in quality to the things which are seen”.
We’ve got to understand this principle in order to place the right values on people and things.
Now, let’s consider some of the wrong value systems we have.
1. Money: Most people in our days place so much value on money and can do anything to get it, but the truth is, money is not physical, it is intangible!
A popular bank thief by name William Francis “Willie” Sutton, Jr, described as “a prolific American bank robber”, was asked why he chose to always rob banks. Guess his answer? “Because that is where the money is”. So,” Go where the money is…and go there often”, he was quoted as saying.
How wrong he was! He got some money quite alright, but he spent more than half his adult life in jail and died sick and poor. Wrong value system!
To be continued…
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