In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire-may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
We all have various trials.
My trials aren't yours and most of us, fortunately, haven't had the particular trial that befell Allison Berry.
On January 14th, Allison flushed the toilet at the Black Bear Diner. When she did, her engagement ring dropped in and was whisked away.
That's $78,000 worth of engagement ring.
City workers opened a pipe outside the restaurant and tried to flush the ring through. When that didn't work, they called Mr. Rooter, a plumbing company in Waco, Texas.
Mike Roberts, the general manager of Mr. Rooter used a tiny video camera to spot the ring -- three feet down and five feet over from where it had last seen the light of day.
After an hour and a half of jack hammering and pipe removal, the ring was recovered. Ms. Berry gave the men a kiss and a hug; her fiancé gave them a generous tip. I can understand why. That ring was valuable!
When I read that story, I wondered if would I spend the time and money fishing for my $78,000 diamond ring? (If I had one, that is.) I knew the answer: of course, I would! Then I wondered, would I do the same for other valuable things in my life?
How about my faith? What is that worth? Most people would say their faith is worth a lot. Still, more than half the members of any church don't go to Sunday worship, even less attend midweek Lenten services. How about our children, what are they worth? Their value is great, but I can still remember Sunday's procession of parents who dropped their children off for Sunday school, but didn't go to Bible class themselves.
What's important to you? I don't know your answer, but I do know we ought to cherish important things. A genuine faith demands it; our Lord and Savior who gave Himself for our salvation would welcome our praising, glorifying, and honoring Him.
It's not a hard thing to do -- if something is valuable to you.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, You are valuable to me. The salvation You have given through Your sacrifice is a joy I don't deserve. May I, in the things I do, show to the world You are a priority of great worth. In Your Name. Amen.
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries