Know Your Worth by Levi B. Gregory

Here is a social media post that someone shared with me about knowing your worth.

Know Your Worth by Levi B. Gregory

Before he died, a father said to his son; “Here is a watch that your grandfather gave me. It is almost 200 years old. Before I give it to you, go to the jewelry store downtown. Tell them that I want to sell it, and see how much they offer you.”

The son went to the jewelry story, came back to his father, and said; “They offered $150.00 because it’s so old.”

The father said; “Go to the pawn shop.”

The son went to the pawn shop, came back to his father, and said; “The pawn shop offered $10.00 because it looks so worn.”

The father asked his son to go to the museum and show them the watch.

He went to the museum, came back, and said to his father; “The curator offered $500,000.00 for this very rare piece to be included in their precious antique collections.”

The father said; “I wanted to let you know that the right place values you in the right way. Don’t find yourself in the wrong place and get angry if you are not valued. Those that know your value are those who appreciate you, don’t stay in a place where nobody sees your value.”

Know your worth.

But whatever gain I had

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:7-11).

What have you gained? If you were to put a value on all the things you have gained, what would its value be?

According to Paul, it is all rubbish compared to the one most important thing…gaining Christ. If anyone could brag on what he had “gained” in the flesh, it would be Paul. He had quite the religious resume, and I would imagine that with his connections to religious leadership, he was probably well-to-do financially.

But the value he placed on it all was rubbish. I personally like the King James Version on this one because the word is translated “dung.” Perfect. That’s what it all comes down to, and that is the same conclusion wise old King Solomon reached in the book of Ecclesiastes. It is like those antique roadshows where someone thinks they have an incredible treasure, and the expert tells them that its fake and only worth ten bucks.

But whatever gain I had

To Paul it was all about Jesus. Take a look back at the text for today and for your personal study, look at these few verses and meditate upon how much Paul valued what Christ had to offer. This passage is saturated with it. Wring it out and see what Paul had learned to value in his life.

I would then consider taking time today to look around your office and your house, and take a red marker and write “rubbish” on everything. Start with that annoying c0-worker who talks too much. No, please don’t do that. Seriously though, my diploma, compared to Christ, is rubbish. Your resume, compared to Christ, is rubbish. What I have accomplished spiritually in my life, is dung compared to Christ.  Your status in the company and your retirement fund, is dung compared to Christ.

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

Let’s put all of this in perspective today, men. If you have Christ in your life, you have everything. Without Christ, what do you have?

Moses was faithful even when…(4 of 6)

Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant… (Hebrews 3:5)

#4 Moses was faithful to God even when he doubted his own value and effectiveness.

Even Moses got tired. Leading the Israelites in the wilderness was a daily beating. In Numbers chapter 11, it really started to wear on Moses. He started to wonder, “Why me, God?” He felt alone and ineffective. In this chapter, we find Moses at the point where he cried out for God to either send him help or kill him!

Moses felt alone. God came to his aid. God sent Moses helpers.

The prophet Elijah who lived much later than Moses also went through the same thing. He felt alone and useless. His life’s work was in vain, in his eyes. He asked for God to take his life. God made Elijah aware that there were 7000 others who were also faithful. God also comforted Elijah and sent him helpers.

You are going to feel alone at times. You are going to feel ineffective and you’re going to wonder if you are really making a difference. There will be times that you feel like the only person around who gets it.

Questioning our impact is part of the process.  Frustration does not equal failure.  Allowing the frustration to cause us to quit is failure. Its part of the growth process, and it frankly stinks, but if we have honest hearts we will be better for it.

Sometimes we doubt our value and effectiveness because:

  • We are looking for immediate results to long-term endeavors.
  • We are just plain worn out, and have become unrealistic and shortsighted. We might just need a break and a breath of fresh air.
  • We have painted the wrong picture of what success is. Maybe you need to sit down with an objective, wise advisor to help you see things more clearly. That advisor might help you redesign your goals and strategy. He might help you redefine what “success” means in whatever it is you are doing.
  • We are listening to the few complainers causing us problems and not paying attention to the others who are really benefiting from what we are trying to do. It is easy to see the critics, the complainers, and non-responders.
  • We are focusing on our efforts instead of God’s efforts working through us and through others. Remember Moses and Elijah both felt alone, but they were not really alone. They were making it about them at that point and had to have their spiritual eyesight adjusted.

Moses was faithful to God, even when:

  1. He did not want to do the job.
  2. The lack of enthusiasm made the job even harder.
  3. He received little appreciation.
  4. He doubted his own value and effectiveness.

That is a faithful man. Are you like Moses?