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What is Precious to You? What is that Precious Thing Worth to You?

1 Peter 2:7

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,”

What is precious to you?  Growing up I collected comic books.  I had Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, Hulk, Wolverine, Batman, Aqua Man, Superman, Green Hornet, Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, and more.  For some, I had complete series, in mint condition.  I read them and kept them in a box.  In a sense they were precious to me – precious in the sense that I collected them and kept them.

One day my mom had a yard sale.  She was selling all sorts of things.  I helped for a while and then I had to umpire a baseball game.  I left for a few hours.  I went over to the Elk’s field in Annapolis for the baseball game.  When I returned the sale was just about over and I helped bring things into the house.  It was later that evening that I found that I was missing my comic collection. My younger brother had taken them out and sold them in the yard sale.  I was furious.  Something that was precious to me was taken away – without my permission.  I hate to think of what they would be worth today.  I’m just glad he didn’t find my box of baseball cards!

What is precious to you?  A ring from your grandmother?  An engagement ring you and your spouse took years to pay off?  Videos or pictures of your children growing up?  If there was a fire in your home – what would you grab – if the children were safe – if you had time to grab one thing?  What is irreplaceable?

Jesus was teaching about the kingdom of heaven and He described it like this:

Matthew 13:44-46 – 44 “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.” 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Is our relationship with Jesus precious to us?  Is heaven so precious to us – that we would do anything to help others find Jesus?  Our Discipleship program is all about building us up in the faith so we will be a brighter light for others to see Jesus.  Is it that important – that precious to us – that we would do most anything to help others see Jesus?

John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


December 13, 2010 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , ,


  1. When I saw Captain America, I was not sure where you were headed with this devotional today. After reading it, I was left to think about what was precious to me. I have collections as well. But my hope is that I cherish my family more than these and my relationships with others as well. Thanks for the thoughts Pastor Ray.


    Comment by JR | December 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. Good thoughts this morning Pastor Ray. I have not commented lately but needed to thank you for your faithfulness each day to share something with us.


    Comment by Mary | December 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. Good thoughts this morning Pastor Ray. I have not commented lately but needed to thank you for your faithfulness each day to share something with us. How many people read these articles each day?


    Comment by Mary | December 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Mary – we have about 70 subscribers and we also get about 50-75 visitors to the blog page a day. Not sure how many subscribers – who get the posts by e-mail each day – also visit the blog page. Assuming none do – we probably have between 120-150 readers a day – sometimes more – sometimes less. Obviously less if most subscribers visit the blog page as well.

      Comments seem to go along with “hot” subjects. If I post something controversial we will have several comments. Not many if it is just a teaching post.

      Hope this is not too long of an answer to a short question.


      Comment by raymcdonald | December 13, 2010 | Reply

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