A Life of Consecration: Concept of Value
Have I ever mentioned how challenging the Christian life is? Mainly it's because every day our Christian life is full of choices. Yes, our God is so great that He has given us the capacity and opportunity to choose. However, we must know what determines our choices because eventually what we choose becomes the daily practicality of our consecration to the Lord Jesus.
"As such, how we choose depends upon our valuation of things, and our valuation of different things determines and is related to the degree of our consecration. In this sense, we are consecrating ourselves each day by the choices we make." - Andrew Yu
What determines our choices is our concept of value. This is simple logic: you would always go for the more valuables, wouldn't you? So that part is easy. Now the more challenging piece is the presence of the proper vision to assign the proper valuation. If we do not see the value, we won't bother to pay the price. The question is "what's the worth of Christ to us?"
Doctrinally, without any hesitance, I would say "Christ is preciousness itself." Yet in my experience, how I need a deeper seeing of who He truly is to me. Recently I just began to muse upon the Lord's worth again and again, repenting of my habitual ignorance of who He is and what He has done, is doing, and will do. More specifically I've been recently touched with His giving Himself for me. Christ suffered and died for me. Not only that, He resurrected and became the life-giving Spirit so that He could get inside of me. Now He is living in me!
Being Christians does not mean we escape trials and tribulations, but that in the midst of all those we would experience more of Him and more of His shepherding. Our valuation of these trials must then change. Instead of complaining and lamenting, let us seek the Lord to grant us the proper vision of who He is in the midst of our complex situations.
Eventually when we treasure someone, we would also treasure that person's deep longing. What Christ deeply yearns is His church, the bride of Christ. If we truly know the value of the church in His heart, we would give our whole life to be the church that He desires, wouldn't we?
Lord, grant us sight! Grant us the proper vision!