God's Value System
God’s ways and the world’s ways are contrary to one another. If we want to live our best life for God and be productive in serving Him, then we must go digging for hidden treasures in God’s Word. One of the treasures is learning and applying God’s value system.
Psalm 119:37 AMP
Turn my eyes away from vanity [all those worldly, meaningless things that distract—let Your priorities be mine], And restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways.
When something is vain, it is worthless, futile, meaningless. What God offers us has substance, purpose, and power.
WISDOM WILL SEEK AND FIND GOD’S TREASURES
The world, because it is fallen and naturally minded, has a different value system that the Almighty God.
God is accurate with determining true value. He is the standard of worth.
God isn’t limited by our world; He has a wider perspective than we with our finite minds.
God is spiritually minded; the natural world can’t comprehend His perspective.
God is eternally minded; He sees our life on earth as a mere vapor. It’s very short.
BENEFITS OF DISCOVERING AND INVESTING IN HIS VALUE SYSTEM:
We will know Him. He is our greatest treasure.
We will know our identify, who we are, in Him. There is a wholeness, a peace.
When we prize it, we will receive revelation knowledge to understand His Word.
When we treasure it, we will understand and operate in the things of the Spirit.
We will be transformed, becoming more like Him.
We will fulfill our purpose, our destiny.
We will be productive, leaning on Him for results.
We will live according to our design and enjoy His blessings.
CONSEQUENCES OF NEGLECTING OR REJECTING HIS VALUE SYSTEM:
We miss out on knowing Him while on this earth.
We miss out on knowing who He created us to be and the freedom that comes from wholeness.
We miss out on understanding His Word.
We miss out on experiencing the moving of His Spirit or His anointing flowing through us.
We live a lesser life, never growing or developing in Him.
We look back on our life and realize we didn’t fulfill our purpose.
We aren’t as productive as we could have been.
We didn’t enjoy His blessings or live according to our design.
1. REVERENCE FOR GOD AND HIS WAYS
We don’t always talk about having a healthy fear of the Lord, but living each day with a holy fear or reverence for His greatness, puts us in our place. Some have taken that to an extreme to portray God as an abusive father, and that isn’t truth. Some have taken this to an extreme in the other direction, making God out to be so loving that He compromises holiness and for goes judgment. Don’t make that mistake. There is a truth in the middle of those extremes. Fear God and surrender to His authority.
Don’t take God lightly. His authority is a weighty matter. He isn’t to be toyed with. The same is true of His Word, His Spirit, and His kingdom.
Irreverence for God leads to living a life outside of His holiness. A sinful life misses out on God’s best and draws the judgment of God.
Psalm 73: 3, 13, 17, 23, 28
Proverbs 24:1, 19
Proverbs 22:8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity…
2 Peter 2:18 sensuality is vain
We are not to even use His name in vain, or without purpose or meaning.
In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us that if we seek God and His kingdom, our earthly needs will be met. However, if we seek after material goods and wealth, it can be a distraction to our time, and it can cause us to withhold what should be invested in His kingdom. I would like to add, that we are living in the last of the last days. If you knew you had a short time on earth left, how would you be spending your time and your money?
Proverbs 23:4, 5
Psalm 62:9, 10
3. OUTWARD APPEARANCE
1 Peter 3:3, 4
It is valuable to see God’s approval rather than the approval of our peers, our subordinates, or even those in authority. To value anyone more than God is to set up idols in our lives.
If we live and value the opinion of others too greatly, it can knock us off course with God’s vision and God’s purpose.
God’s leaders are especially instructed to follow after God. In God’s kingdom, leaders are called, appointed, and anointed to obey Him. They are warned not to be like Balaam and be controlled or manipulated by the desires of people. Even in the local church, boards of directors are there for wisdom and accountability; however, when a few people do not follow or submit to the pastor, they sometimes have the power to remove God’s leader to perform their own agenda.
Mark 7:6, 7
2 Kings 17:15
Psalm 60:11, 12
Some words carry weight, while other words can be empty and meaningless. God doesn’t take the words we speak lightly. In fact, to God, our words are vital and significant.
When God speaks, He is flippant. He isn’t sarcastic. He isn’t silly. While we can enjoy life, being too silly is often a cover up for a lack of something going on inside of us. Wise people don’t throw their words around casually.
When God speaks, He speaks with purpose, and His words do not return empty. When we learn the power of our words, we focus on our heart, where the words stem from, and we watch and carefully choose what we intentionally want to say.
We also read Scripture that instructs us to stay away from useless debates and arguments. If the conversation isn’t productive, then don’t engage. It’s a waste of time; it’s worthless, meaningless.
1 Timothy 6:20
2 Timothy 2:16
When we work in submission to God, we live by His grace and accomplish much more than we would in self-sufficiency. In addition, when we put our strength, energy, and time into something, God would like for it to matter. What we do is important, and the way we accomplish it matters as well.
Psalm 127:1, 2
1 Corinthians 13
Vanity is a thief of our relationship with God and the peace and wholeness He provides. Vanity steals our identity, purpose, relationships, resources, time, ability, giftings, power, and our blessings. Vanity will cause us to lack in the spirit and drain us of our anointing. It keeps us from experiencing our best life.
However, when we find and apply God’s value system to our lives, we are satisfied in an intimate relationship with our Father, no longer searching for anyone or anything to complete us. We are fulfilled.
We come to know who He uniquely created us to be and leads us to rest in His grace and righteousness. Shame, guilt, and fear no longer have a hold on us. We value Jesus Christ and our redemption!
We take this one short lifetime, and all God has equipped us with, and we utilize it for kingdom purpose and what has eternal value. We live by His power, and not our own. It’s a power that takes us above and beyond what we could ever think or imagine doing on our own.
We enjoy His benefits, the blessings of His promises. With wisdom we reverence Him, and through wisdom, we receive fully all He has given us to enjoy and to share with others.
God has hidden treasures for us to find. Our natural mind cannot reason with the value system that God has established. We must set our hearts and minds to seek Him out for the spiritual understanding and the anointing to apply His truth. So let’s go treasure hunting, and discover God’s hidden gems of kingdom values.