“Your values and your character are wrapped up together. What you value and what you really are, is one and the same”. – Clarence Jordan
- Identifying values will help clarify what is really important in your life.
- This also shows us where to focus our time, energy, and resources. In order to set goals, we need to know who we are and what we want out of life.
- Who or what is important to us
- Relationships, vocation, experience, character quality, education, material goods, recreation, or anything else
- Values are the windows to which all decisions are made
- When there becomes a choice between what actions we will take, we will choose the action that is consistent to what we value
- If we are not spending time in the word or something else we say is important, then there is something wrong with what we say we really value
- Saying we value something is meaningless, unless we follow through with the actions and decisions to support that value
- When we make decisions that are consistent with our most important values, the results are much more fulfilling and have a greater impact
What Does God Value?
Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Here are a few of the items that God values
- God’s chosen people (we are valued by God)
- Holy and dearly loved (we are considered holy and loved by God)
- Compassion (God wants us to have compassion towards others)
- Kindness (we are to have a heart of kindness)
- Humility (God wants us to have a spirit of humility)
- Gentleness (we should be gentle with all people)
- Patience (God desires that we are patient with one another)
- Bear with each other (we are to bear with each others imperfections)
- Forgive one another (God values forgiveness)
- Forgive as the Lord forgave you (As an example of grace)
- Over all these virtues put on Love (Above all we are to LOVE)
Forgiveness is mentioned twice and worth taking note of. This is important enough that the Lord mentions that we are to forgive as the Lord forgave us. IF we LOVE, then all of these other virtues become natural. These all sound warm and fuzzy, don’t they. But actually living these out on a daily basis can be done only with the Lord’s intervention and help (for me anyway).
1 Timothy 4:7-8 “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
- We are to train ourselves to be godly and not to adhere to the worlds values
- Physical training has some value and we should take care of our bodies
- But godliness has value above all things
- Training ourselves to be godly gives us promises for this life and the life to come
Let’s look at an example of someone who chose God’s values.
Hebrews 11:24-26 “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”
- Moses chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasure of sin and go against Gods values.
- He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ a greater value than all the treasures of Egypt.
- As we know later in his life God remembered him and used him to do great things.
Luke 16:11-15 “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”
- That last sentence hits home doesn’t it? Yikes… I always take notice when the Bible says God detests something.
- We need to be real careful not to allow the world’s values to infiltrate our lives through TV, media, culture, magazines, books, etc etc etc.
- We must not allow the world’s values to impact our decision making and actions.
- We need to hold onto what God values, not what the world values.
- We need to choose to value what God values and make sure our actions and behavior line up with those values.
Sometimes we don’t even know what we value until we allow the Lord to lead us and we follow his plan. God will place us in situations where we can discover our ultimate values. It’s our choice whether we embrace them and act accordingly. I think the key word here is act.
When we start each day with our top values in mind, and challenges come, we can make decisions based on our values instead of our emotions. We will be HIMpowered to act with integrity instead of being cornered by our circumstances…
What do YOU value above anything else?