A prankster broke into a hardware store. He didn’t steal anything, but he did switch price tags throughout the store. The store manager knew something was wrong when a customer stepped up to the cash-register with a claw hammer and it rang up for $199.95. The customer’s jaw dropped and asked: “What’s this hammer made of, Platinum?” An employee noticed that a big screen TV was priced at $14.95. Many items for sale had their values out of sorts.
We need to be careful that we don’t get
values in our life switched and create a chaos of price tags for things we
value most. The Apostle Paul made it clear what we should value most: "The very credentials these people are
waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the
trash -- along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because
of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from
my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master,
firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant -- dog
dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be
embraced by Him… I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ
personally." (Philippians 3:7-8,10
-- Ray Ellis in a sermon
entitled "I'd Rather Have Jesus"