Sermonette: Where is the real value?
Gas and fuel prices have doubled in less than a year. Food and other essentials have seen a shocking increase in prices.
It does not take a financial wizard to see that our economic situation is in trouble. We have seen low interest rates and a housing boom just a couple years ago reverse to rapidly rising rates and the housing market screech to a crawl. Wages sky-rocketed only to be eaten up by faster rising prices for everything. Gas and fuel prices have doubled in less than a year. Food and other essentials have seen a shocking increase in prices. Automobiles, even used ones, are priced almost out of reach. The stock market has gone from historic highs to a slump in just a few months. It is hard to believe it when the government says we are doing fine. Where is there anything we can really depend on?
In the Bible, Haggai 1:6 reads, “ Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.”
We all want a comfortable life and maybe even some luxuries. But if we are counting on the things of this life to bring fulfillment, we will find we are mistaken. In Mark 8:36-37 we read, “ For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
It has been said that we ought to live with eternity's values in view. The only guaranteed value we can count on is the salvation available to those who trust Jesus Christ's death and resurrection, which paid the penalty for our sin and purchased our eternal life.