In Luke chapter 12, a man came to Jesus and said, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth (Luke 12:13-15).”
This man had been cheated out of his inheritance by his brother. He naturally thought that since he had done no wrong that Jesus would have taken his side. However, Jesus apparently reproved this man and essentially said that he ought to forget it and give in.
But what kind of person does it take to, “Just give in”? It takes a person who understands the high value of relationships to give in, rather than to demand their rights. The person that gives in may be thought of as weaker, but in reality they are the stronger. When two Christians disagree, the person who gives in is usually the more spiritually mature of the two.
I heard about a young lad who broke into a hardware store and for a prank changed the price tags around. The price of a vacuum cleaner was changed to 98 cents and a dozen clothespins to $199.95.
Satan is a great deceiver and he likes to change the price tags. In the estimation of many, material things have skyrocketed in value while relationships are worth practically nothing. But our most valuable possessions are not material things, not our home or car or money in the bank. Our most valuable possessions, the most precious things we own, are the relationships we have with one another – yet sometimes we allow those relationships to be destroyed because we place a higher price tag on something else.
Are there things that you have valued more than the relationships of family and friends? Isn’t it time you changed back the price tag on those relationships to reflect their true worth?