I was going through my facebook notes and I just felt the need to reblog this as a reminder to all who believe in Jesus about His worth!
(This was when Typhoon Ondoy came to town)
Oct. 12, 2009
So we went off to Manila to renew our passport last month. I had to sacrifice some schoolwork just for this. It was bad timing too that Ondoy struck the place on Saturday. By God’s grace, we weren’t affected so we were just strolling around, shopping, and food tripping. Then we went to CCF that Sunday night to attend the meeting. Before the service began, dad came up with some bad news that the US Embassy was going to be closed due to the disaster. I was irked. We just came here for vacation? All that schoolwork sacrificed just for this? I was fuming! Then, the service started. The topic was about How much is Jesus worth to you?…. From that alone, I knew this was from God. Men, He really knows perfect timing!
The speakers were talking about how Judas and Mary Magdalene were very different. Judas, although a follower of Jesus, probably didn’t see Jesus worth his life, so he traded Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. He had put a price tag on the Savior. Mary broke a bottle of nard, a year’s wages in front of Jesus and poured it at His feet. Now, I understand why the disciples complained about such a waste of money. They didn’t exactly know what they were talking or what they were thinking. I realized the “Chinese stinginess” in me. Indeed, she sacrificed everything, even if it means that she won’t be having money for that year. She believed that Jesus was more than a year’s wages. Wow! That takes a lot of faith, love, and trust. Then what really hit me was when the speaker shared about a sister who texted him amidst the storm and disaster. She narrated that she was now with her family on top of her roof, starving, all belongings lost, and basically, her life was about to start from scratch again. However, her text ended with, “God be glorified.”
I couldn’t hold back the tears. How selfish can I get? How mundane are my complaints? Here I am, relaxing, filling up my piggish belly with good food, shopping for things I probably could give out anyway in a couple of years, having a mini vacation with my family, and practically being safe from all harm. That is why I said amen when the speaker said that in more ways than one, we are like Judas. It may not be in the form of money. As for me, it is in the form of priorities in life. Yes, I dare say that I am the champion hypocrite of all time here…. If only people knew how devoted I am to the Lord when they are not looking.
That is why even in this short trip, even if I wasn’t able to get the renewed VISA. I still thank God for opening my eyes to see the wickedness and futility that I still have. I truly need a Saviour. I truly need to have my mind wired to who God truly is in my life. How much worth is Jesus in my life? Is he worth only 30 pieces of silver? Or is he worth my flesh and blood?
I pray that He continues to change me to love HIM with all my heart, up to the very last breath because even HE sacrificed his life for me and who am I that he saw worth saving? Sometimes it boggles the mind up to now. I realize what an amazing GOD is… He cares for puny, sinful, faithless, evil, filthy, mindless, heartless, selfish, proud, boastful, lustful, hypocritical people like us…… What a GOD…. Indeed, HE is worth everything!
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