Read: Psalm 119:65-72
Consider: Do you agree with the psalmist when he says: The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold, or do you find yourself thinking that the psalmist is a bit strange in saying this? When a person does not have Christ in their lives they will naturally think that no-one could put a higher value on the things of God when compared to worldly wealth. Yet although we all know deep down that material wealth does not bring happiness, we are prepared to go along with what the world says about how to achieve happiness and contentment.
The word ‘precious’ is only used eleven times throughout the New Testament, with five of these to be found in Revelation. The remaining six occurrences are to be found in 1 and 2 Peter. You could say that Peter was fond of using this word in his letters, but he applies it very strictly to things that are precious to the Christian:
– the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:9);
– the precious living stone (1 Peter 2:4);
– the precious cornerstone/stone (1 Peter 2:6, 7).
These three are all metaphors for Jesus and reveal how precious Jesus is to the Christian. There are some people today (even some who call themselves ‘Christian’) who would like to remove Jesus from Christianity; but without him Christianity is meaningless. What makes Christ’s blood precious is what it achieved through his death on the cross in our place. What makes the living stone precious is that Jesus rose from the dead, showing his victory over sin and death, promising us resurrection in the future. What makes the cornerstone precious is that Jesus is the foundation upon which our faith is founded.
The remaining uses of this word by Peter are in regard to:
– our precious faith (2 Peter 1:1), and
– the precious promises of God (2 Peter 1:4).
Can you see that as a Christian the things the world wants you to regard as precious, are in fact meaningless.
Can you honestly say ‘Jesus is more precious to me than ……………….’
[fill in the appropriate blank with something
that until now you have regarded as precious]
Pray: Father, may I truly believe that my faith is more precious to me than anything else. Help me to show the world how precious Jesus really is to me. Amen