A few weeks ago, just before the world turned upside down, an original Salvador Dali wood engraving was found in a local thrift store here on the Outer Banks. A volunteer spotted it and took it to a local art appraiser. It turned out to be one of 100 engravings Dali did in the 1950’s on Dante’s Divine Comedy. It was quickly sold to a couple in Portsmouth. The donor of the artwork was not known, but we can probably assume that they did not understand the value of what they gave away to the thrift store.
The hackneyed phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” comes to mind. People often have different opinions on the value of things.
What do you hold high in value? What do you treasure the most in your life?
One of the things I treasure the most in my life is something that was freely given to me…my salvation through Jesus Christ. Offered to us without price, Jesus died on the cross so that we might be saved. We can’t buy it. We don’t deserve it. We can’t work for it. It is like a priceless Dali sitting in a thrift store, just waiting to be claimed.
In the early chapters of Acts, the disciples are continuing their ministry after Jesus’ death. They were preaching and healing in Jesus’ name. The Jewish leaders were questioning them about where they got their power. Peter stood among the elders and gave them Jesus:
Acts 4 (Contemporary English Version)
5 The next morning the leaders, the elders, and the teachers of the Law of Moses met in Jerusalem. 6 The high priest Annas was there, as well as Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other members of the high priest’s family. 7 They brought in Peter and John and made them stand in the middle while they questioned them. They asked, “By what power and in whose name have you done this?”
8 Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and told the nation’s leaders and the elders:
9 You are questioning us today about a kind deed in which a crippled man was healed. 10 But there is something we must tell you and everyone else in Israel. This man is standing here completely well because of the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth. You put Jesus to death on a cross, but God raised him to life.
The world around them rejected the One who had the power to save them. They thought he was worthless because he didn’t fit into their image of what the Messiah should look like. Their image revolved around political power and dominance. Jesus’ messiahship was all about sacrificial love and salvation.
11 He is the stone that you builders thought was worthless, and now he is the most important stone of all. 12 Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone.
The rejected stone has become the capstone of the world.
If you treasure him, let your life reflect his value in everything you say, do, think, and post. People should be able to see God’s artwork in your life, and want His treasure for themselves. Remember… you’re the only Jesus some will ever see. That is priceless.