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How Much Is God Worth
4/13/97 Proverbs 3:1-15 1 Timothy 6:6-21 Text Luke 7:36

Some things hold their value no matter where you go or when you go. If you took a time travel machine and had some diamonds, you could be sure you had something of great value because of its makeup. Other things hold value only because we give value to it from things inside of us.
The difference between a pair of $25 Spaulding shoes and $150 pair Nike shoes is not found in the value of the materials, but in the different status symbol we get to wear. It is as though our importance is defined by the kind of shoe we are willing to wear in public. Yet in 20 years, we will look back and laugh at our addiction to certain labels, and brands, because they will have been forgotten and something new will be on the horizon.
Is God valued like a diamond in our lives? Precious regardless of the times and circumstances we are going through. Or is God more like a brand name label? As long as He makes me feel good, or is popular with the group Iím with, then Heís all right.
It is amazing at how we talk about the importance of God in our lives, and yet we value Him so cheaply. The true value of how much we love God, can be seen in the way we handle our possessions with Him. Jesus said, "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." What would you think of a man, who drove around in a Lexus, had a Rolex watch on his arm, and wore nothing but the best of suits. He fell in love with a young lady, and offered to marry her. He presented her with the a beautiful zirconium ring that looked like a diamond but wasnít. When confronted about the cheapness of the ring, he replied, "Well itís the thought that counts." Why do we often give God the thought and not the real thing? Could it be we donít think God is worth all that much in relation to the other things in our lives.
I want you to meet Tabitha. Tabitha grew up thinking she was in charge of her life. She could do what she wanted to do as long as she didnít hurt anybody. Tabitha wanted money, she wanted love and she wanted acceptance. I donít know if she was blessed or cursed with good looks but the older she got, the more attractive she became. Tabitha didnít like the rules at home, so she moved out. She didnít have much of an education and quickly found out that job opportunities were limited.
Even though she didnít think she would, Tabitha found herself one night selling herself as a prostitute. The money was quick and easy. She told herself nobody got hurt. So she did it again and again and again. Each time her own self esteem dropped lower and lower and lower. She had money, she had men, but she didnít have the love and acceptance she wanted.
As Tabithaís reputation spread around town, life was even less enjoyable for her. The women saw her and her beauty as a threat to their marriages. The men were only interested