It is such a volatile time in the economy. The budget is imminent at the time of writing and the Chancellor has decisions to make on how he can manage and effect the economy. As we have considered serving this last half term, we look now at the values that shape our lives. In Matthew 6:21, we read the words of Jesus regarding treasure – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Where is your heart?
I was recently taken to a jeweller by a very good friend of mine to look at a ring. The ring had a price tag on it. To cut a long story short, I managed to return to the jewellers at a later date and purchase the ring for a (slightly) lower price. I wonder to this day if they would have accepted a lower price, but overall, I felt a sense of victory.
In Matthew 13:44, we read of a story Jesus told of a person who had found something of great value. The story talks about the effort needed for the man to obtain the treasure. I often wonder what would have happened if he had just taken it, seeing as though it was hidden, and not gone to the effort and cost of gaining it honestly.
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”
It cost the person all they had. But the price was worth paying. This echoes the price that was paid for us all by Jesus on the cross. In John 3:16 we read:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
What do you value highly enough to give your all for? What is your personal response to the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross? Is eternal life a gift worth considering?
This term we will beginning to look in detail at the values we have chosen as a school community to treasure and chase. Each of these values comes with a cost that must be paid. Let us be like the person who did everything they could with a joyful heart to receive the reward they valued, and not the penny pinching, reluctant ring buyer.