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The Law of Value
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:21-25; Matthew 25:14-30; ...
Track 1 of 5 in the The Go-Givers series
Running time: 1 hour, 03 minutes, 02 seconds.
This lesson is all about how to increase your spiritual net worth. Now I want to caution you when you hear words like worth or wealth; too often we think of them in worldly terms. We need to, in this series, think in spiritual terms. We are very wealthy in Christ and yet very few realize that fact nor know what to do with the wealth given to them.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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“The Go-Givers”…A Radical Lifestyle to Increase Your Spiritual Net Worth.
The Law of Value

We live in a world today that is hectic, many times a pressure cooker, a world that expects progress and production. If you aren’t moving up or going somewhere in your life, to many, you are considered a loser. Nicer cars, bigger houses, more money, a better job, independently wealthy are the dreams and goals of many in this country today. It seems as though many live to do better, look better, smell better, eat better and get the most out of life that they can before they are too old to do anything or are dead. Today, the heroes that our society looks up to are those who set a goal, dream about all they can accomplish and then go out at get what they want.

The world often refers to these types of people as go-getters. When studying hundreds of successful people, and analyzing the characteristics that they have in common, we find that they all have, among other things, the ability to make decisions and then act on them, they are ambitious, productive, hard working, spontaneous, intelligent, motivated and are successful by any means necessary. There are many go-getters out there. We see them on TV, we might work with one, there might be several who attend this church or are members of this class. They are out there all around us. You might be a go-getter.

What is your perception of a go-getter? Is being a go-getter something positive?

There seems to be one major flaw with the concept of go-getting, for many, the faster one works and the harder one works, the further away the goals seem to be. As I look around, a lot of people seem to be going but not a lot are actually getting. This can lead to deep frustration and dissatisfaction with life. Life to them can seem like one big battle rather than a life that is fulfilling and peaceful.

Ecclesiastes 2:21-23 For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune. What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.

There are many who feel this way. Yet, few look for a better way. They go right back to the world and habits they are use to. But there is another way, one that is better and one that does bring about a fulfilled life. But the world refuses to accept that real living, real go-getting in life.

Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?

In this passage, one has to define “work”. In the previous passage we just read, the writer describes work as pain and grief. But how does one enjoy his work and get satisfaction from it? The writer tells us that satisfaction and enjoyment from our go-getting comes from God. But how does this work? How does this happen in everyday life? Does go-getting on any level really work or is there a different kind of going that we need to use? Should our focus be on something else? What is the secret to really living a life that is full and enjoyable? Is there a trade secret to discover that will help us?

What is your definition of work? What attitudes or perceptions do you have toward work? Is work limited to just your job?

What is interesting, God gives us in Scripture several principles about work and the attitudes we should have about it.

• Christians should be characterized by diligence in their work; do more than expected: Genesis 31:22-55
• The God who gives us the ability to work also tells us to rest. Exodus 16:13-36 The busy routine of daily living could distract us from worshiping him. Go-getting leads to more and more go-getting.
• Our work needs to always be done to the best of our abilities. Exodus 35:4-35
• We are to work hard and give our best even with the smallest of responsibilities. Ruth 2:1-13
• In all our work, we ought to leave behind an impression that we are seeking to serve God. Luke 19:11-27
• All our work ought to be done with Jesus in mind. Ephesians 6:5-9

As you look at this list, this seems to be a good definition of a go-getter. What is the difference between a go-getter in the world and one who is a go-getter for God?

Let’s talk about wealth. How many of you are wealthy? Do you have a wealth creation plan? How many of you plan to have wealth before you die?

I don’t know if you are aware of this but the world needs you to be wealthy. Wealth drives the economy and it is through wealth that things get done, built and new ideas realized. To many surprises, God also wants you to be wealthy. He never planned for his people to be poor. In fact, he gave us several principles, if practiced, will cause us to build wealth. In fact, if a man of God is not living a life growing God’s wealth, then he is considered not worthy in having anything.

Read Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:28-30 “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

But what is really important to understand, the world and God create wealth from two opposing directions. What is considered wealth by worldly standards is so much different than what God considers wealth.

There is a one word secret to being successful, rich, wealthy; it is called “GIVING”. Too many people in the world today are so focused on getting that they miss the real secret in knowing God’s wealth, His riches. Christians acknowledge that they believe in God’s riches but how many actually experience those riches? How many actually get to be wealthy in Christ?

I want you to think hard and take a little time to answer this, what are you worth? Take a snap shot of yourself in your mind and put a price tag under the picture. What do people think you’re worth? Is there a difference?

This lesson is all about how to increase your spiritual net worth. Now I want to caution you when you hear words like “worth” or “wealth”; too often we think of them in worldly terms. We need to, in this series, think in spiritual terms. God’s wealth goes beyond physical wealth, even though physical wealth does play a role. Physical wealth is just one of the many tools God gives to us to accomplish his purposes. We are very wealthy in Christ and yet very few realize that fact nor know what to do with the wealth given to them.

Do you know what the biggest problem is with most Christians? Most Christians think too much like the world. Most of the time we try to get what we want. The sad truth is; it is a false ideal. There is a famous song by the Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. That is the truth but as we live our lives, we find ourselves on a tread mill trying to get the things we think we need or want. Let’s face it, most of the time it is all about us.

But here is what you do get, you get what you expect. Or another way of putting it, what you focus on is what you get. If you go out looking for trouble, you will most likely find it. The opposite is true. Go looking for the best in people and I believe you will find it.

So what do you expect? In your day, what normally do you focus on? What do you seek to accomplish with the hours given to you in that day? Are they spent on you and your interests or are they spent on the interests of others? Considering others, what amount of hours is spent on someone you don’t know?

Here is a thought, true or false: Ultimately, the world treats you more of less the way you expect to be treated.

Of all the things that happen to us, how much of it are we in control? This all leads us to the first law; The Law of Value.

To be a real Go-Giver, value is the first law. We already talked about how much we think we are worth. Let’s now talk about value.

What role does value play when buying something? If the price is right but there is value to what you buy, what good is the product? Someone describe for me the concept of value? What are some of the things that make up value? Are you valuable? In what way?

Psalms 8:3-5 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

To God, we are worth a lot. We have tremendous value because of what Jesus did for us. It was His actions that bestowed value on us. He loves us and because of that, we are valuable to him. But it was not just His death that showed how valuable we were; He also showed how valuable we were to Him by the service He showered on us.

Matthew 20:24-28 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great (Go-Getter) among you must be your servant (Go-Giver), and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Here is a great example of a Go-Getter, James and John was ambitious, they wanted to be successful in God’s kingdom based on their worldly understanding of success. But Jesus saw their value much differently than they did. They were looking after their own interests and judged their value by that. But Jesus values us differently. We also need to judge value the way Jesus values.

“Your true worth is determined
by how much more you give in value
than you take in payment”

Jesus’ lesson to his disciples is not to concentrate on what they can get, but on how much value they can give as they serve. Service to others is the focus of a disciple of Jesus but the true worth of that service is the value given. The value given should be greater than anything received in return. That kind of giving is worth a lot and is very attractive. The wealth that builds from that kind of giving is unexplainable.

How valuable was Jesus to those He came in contact with? What was his worth to them? What was it He did that made Him so valuable? What was His everyday lifestyle like?

John 13:12-17 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

How valuable are you to those you come in contact with? What is your worth to them? When you serve, as you should, do you give more in value than you ever get back in return? If yes, then you are on your way to becoming a Go-Giver.