Price and Value
ďAre not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the
ground outside your Fatherís care.Ē (Matt.10:29)
Price and value are two different things. The price is the dollar amount
required for purchasing a thing, and the value is the price that one is
willing to pay for that thing. If a person thinks that the value exceeds the
required price, he is willing to buy it. The price is fixed, but the value
may vary from person to person. For example, an Apple 8 mobile phone, the
price is $800 dollars. Mr. Zhang believes that he needs a new mobile phone so
he can show off to his friends. Because for him it is an encouragement to
himself to buy a nice phone with his hard earned money. $800 dollars is quite
a bit, but itís worth it. Mr. Li does not think so. He considers that the
mobile phone is for making calls and brand name or appearance is not as
important as function. At most he is willing to spend $500 dollars to buy a
mobile phone. Obviously Apple 8 is not equal in value between the two. We
can't just look at the price when we buy something, but we have to consider
its worth as well.
The same is true in life experiences. Itís necessary to make a distinction
between price and value, so we will not waste life and ruin relationships.
For example, people think both making money and family life are important.
When the two are competing, it depends on how you value them. What is the
purpose of making money? Itís for the present and future needs, including the
money the family has to spend. Money itself is meaningless but a tool for
measuring price and value. If one makes money for the sake of making money,
his value is wrong. When one sacrifices family life for making money, it is
not worth it.
Christians must be able to distinguish between price and value. We should
have a heavenly vision to see the value of life from the perspective of God.
Two sparrows sell a penny of money (Matt.10:29), which is a price fixed by man;
but if God does not permit it, no one can buy it. Even one piece of our hair
God will treasure it. Because the true value is not determined by us, but by
the Master of all things. The Lord Jesus was betrayed by Judah at the price
of thirty silver pieces. Isnít he worth much more? In fact, the redemption of
Christ is invaluable, we can't afford it, and God has given it to us for
free. Jesus exchanges his invaluable body for our soul's salvation because he
loves us; and the soul is the most valuable part of our person.