The Cost of Value

It is said that, “A cynic knows the cost of everything, but the value of nothing.”

Savy investors understand cost but more importantly they understand value. They know that when something has value, the cost is worth the risk. Value is both intrinsic and extrinsic. That is that value is determined not only by outside factors, but it also can be intangible. If something has value then its worth can greatly exceed the cost, no matter how high the cost.

Here is an example. If there was a shortage of water, how much is water worth for a 12 ounce bottle? $1, $5, $100, $50,000?

The value of water is really based on your perception of the value of life. If life is priceless, then… water is priceless. Art is another example. Along this line of thought, what is the value of the Kingdom? Jesus reveals the value of His Kingdom in a parable:

Matthew 13: 44-45 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

What was the value of the pearl (Kingdom)? Evidently enough to give up everything.

In the recent blockbuster movie The Blind Side, a fiery Southern soccer mom knew the difference between cost and value. When she stumbled onto the gentle giant Michael Oher she could see something worth investing in, she had the vision to see value. Some would have said that the cost of investing in Michael Oher’s life was too risky and too costly. But, she proved them wrong and her vision right.

God sees value over cost.

It cost God a high price, the death of His son Jesus, to pay the price for our salvation. The cost for our souls, higher than we can fathom, was worth it to God. His love was made evident in Jesus because the cost of His son revealed how much He valued our souls. He paid the price, no matter how high the cost.

Value always trumps cost.

Paul understood the response to God’s love. If we are valued like this, certainly God is of more value and is worthy of our all. Philippians 1:21 “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

There is no allowance for a cynic in the Kingdom of God. A mind and heart transformed by Jesus sees value in every person, because God does. He died for all. Our response is to be living sacrifices, because it is not the cost of giving up our life that is the focus, but the value of God that moves us forward.


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