More Precious Than Gold

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Posted by Lisa Arnold

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I’ve had four funerals in the past couple of months, not all of which I could attend but mourned and reflected nonetheless. Three of them where significant “firsts” in my family’s close knit community. The forth was a stillbirth.

Grief hits hard but death is a part of life.

Funerals always get us talking. We hear encouraging words from friends, stories from families and comfort from pastors. We start thinking about our own mortality.  Many grab a hold of what time they have and “live” again. Many begin to ask about streets of gold and wonder if the reality is for them. Is there a Heaven? Will they enter it? And if so, is it really a golden city? Why?

Gold.

It is a common description for intangible worth in Scripture.  Ancient people knew in an instant that gold was only for a select few. It was not meant for every day folk. So to hear they could be heirs to a throne and their faith was far greater than what was only attainable to kings, was of great encouragement!

This got me thinking about many today.  Many who do not know Christ and have become trapped by their sin may not understand when I tell them they are worth more than gold. Sometimes in our failures and subsequent sadness we forget what our Jesus did for us. Sometimes we think we are too far gone and can never enter the Kingdom of God. Why would God want to rescue us and redeem our stories? But Scripture has the power to cut through that lie.  This is what one psalmist wrote,
 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me;   he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy,  from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster,   but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place;   he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:16-19)

I needed this reminder today. Perhaps you did too. You were made worthy by the blood of Jesus Christ because He delights in you.


You are worthy to walk into the City of Gold. Turn to Him today. And if for some divine reason you fell upon this blog and have forgotten your worth…turn back to Him. 

He has never left you.



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