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What is most ‘value-able’ to you?

After our Dedication service and whilst reworking our Foundations Course materials, I have been struck again by the need for Godly values in the church, home and our own lives.

Each day we are bombarded by values whether through conversations with friends, TV, media or social networks.  We are constantly being told one thing is a good value whilst other values are either bad, irrelevant or outdated.  Under the surface of everything we say and hear, everything we do and see done is a value - a belief that bears fruit in behaviour.

And these thoughts begin to stir up questions – What are my values of life?  What do I hold to be most important and ‘value-able’?  Is honesty…a complete openness about fears, frustrations, joys and pleasures…a value I hold tightly to?  Is faith a value of my life?  I talk about faith and claim to live by but is it really the basis of my thinking and action as a true value is.   In BFC, we claim that being missional is a value of the church, but is that apparent belief bearing fruit in me?
So values must be talked about, agreed and then lived out.  I must do it in my life and face honest questioning and confession as I do.  Husbands and wives must do it in their family to prevent the TV having the loudest voice on what is value-able to our homes.   We must do in our church to prevent culture, tradition or even sin becoming the value-deciders in our community.

Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:16.  This verses carries both a call to self-assessment of our values but also a promise for the fruit in ourselves and the ones listening and watching our lives in order to find values of their own.  And the big question becomes ‘Will we perpetuate the values of the Word or the world?’  As the next generation of spiritual and physical children follow that which is most ‘value-able’ to us, where will that lead them?


Ben Martin, 14/02/2013

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