It All Boils Down To This


Spiritually, everything boils down to this: having faith in the God-man Jesus, crucified on the cross for all sins, and resurrected, for our salvation; loving God, and loving and forgiving others as yourself, as Jesus loves; believing and following the Word and Spirit as a redeemed child of God, by His grace; and eagerly looking forward to Jesus’ Return and Our Father’s promise of Heaven–our destiny.

–Curtis Smale

What Is Your Highest Value?

Who or What Is Your Highest Value?

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Jesus, in Matthew 6:33)
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1st Corinthians 10:31)

I was looking at people’s cubicle decorations at work the other day. Later on, I was looking at people’s profiles on Facebook. I was thinking about my own life, and I was thinking about all the people I’ve known throughout my lifetime.
I was thinking about what people valued most in life, or at least what they seemed to value most in life, based on all indications.
Who are the people that you’ve personally known who are the most Christ-like?
Do you know anyone who values God above all else, in everything they do, whatever they do Where God is truly the dominant value and concern above everything else?
I don’t mean valuing God only as a slogan on a bumper sticker or on a t-shirt. Those could be just another way of giving God lip-service while our HEARTS are far from Him: “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” (Matthew 15:8)
I have known only a few people like this in my entire 49 years of life. They weren’t perfect, but God was unquestionably the center of their life, the most valuable thing in their life: their Highest Value.
People worship all kinds of things. Here’s an incomplete list of some of the things that easily come to mind that people worship every day:
The Stars
The Earth
The Environment
Their Pets
Their House or Houses
Their Bodies
Their Kids
Their Grandkids
Their Job
Being Nice
Being Positive
Being Loving
Life Itself
And I’ve known people whose dominant value seems to be Dolphins, Elephants, Gorillas, some other animal, or even inanimate objects.
Now here’s a second list of things people worship that may seem very pious, but in fact, to worship these things is to be just as much of an idol worshipper as people who worship the things above:
The Bible
Your Church Denomination
Reading the Bible
Water Baptism
Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Felt Presence of God
Revelation of God
God’s Healing
The Faith
Even Your Relationship with God can be an idol, because it is not God Himself, it is what is between yourself and God.
People in Islam seem truly devoted to their God, Allah. Buddhist monks seem devoted to meditation and religious practice. But do Christian believers truly worship God above all else?
What I’m saying here has nothing to do with whether you are saved or not. We are saved through faith in Jesus, without any regard for the condition of our hearts or the quality of our spiritual life.
What I am talking about here is what we actually worship.
God, the Creator, is the Trinity: God the Father, Redeemer Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments,” Jesus said in John 14:15.
Thou shalt have no other gods, said God.
Life is short. Don’t waste the life God gave you by worshiping anything other than God.
What would it look like if you put God first in everything? Glorifying God in whatever you did?
If God were your highest value, your highest happiness, what would your life look like? What would your life feel like? What would your life be?
Would anybody be able to tell?

“People find all kinds of ~things~, That bring them to their knees.” – Bono, U2
“If I find in myself a desire, which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” – Blaise
Pascal, Pensees

–Curtis Smale

“What I Believe,” by Curtis Smale

What I Believe:

GOD: Holy Trinity: God is Three Persons in One Being: God.
The Trinity is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
There are Three Persons in One God. God is Self-Existing (Aseity.)

CREATION: God created the universe in six 24-hour days about 6,000 years ago.

SIN: Humanity fell into sin by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden.

ANGELIC BEINGS: There is a real person, Satan, who tried to usurp God’s authority and became evil, taking many angels with him. Angels are usually invisible.

There are many good angels that did not fall into evil and rebellion against God.

God chose individuals throughout history to represent Him: Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, and others.

FLOOD: God destroyed most life on earth in a global Flood, saving only Noah and his family to restart humanity.

LAW: God instituted the Law under Moses, which was a system of rewards and punishments. Also, God instituted animal sacrifices to cover the sins of His Old Testament people in advance of the efficacious sacrifice of Christ Jesus Himself on the Cross.

FAITH: Abraham was “the father of faith,” believing God through very difficult circumstances.

SCRIPTURE: The Bible, 66 books, was written by men who were inspired by God over many years. The Bible is inspired, inerrant and infallible, and is preserved by God.

ISRAEL: Jacob’s children, the children of Israel, were God’s Covenant people in the Old Testament. This was the people which contained the human ancestors of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

SALVATION: Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Out of love, God sent Jesus to rescue mankind from its awful hellish destiny apart from Him.

Jesus’ sinless life, sacrificial death on the cross for the forgiveness of all sins, His burial, and His resurrection, are the Gospel: 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. Anyone who believes in Jesus as Savior even for a moment, has forgiveness and eternal life (justification), and is irrevocably destined for Heaven at death (eternal security).

SANCTIFICATION: By faith in Christ who is our perfect goodness (Sanctification), believers are made holy in practical life (growing in Grace).

END TIMES AND ETERNITY: Jesus Christ will return to Earth to judge humanity, resurrecting everyone from the dead, sending believers to Heaven and unbelieving sinners to Hell to be justly punished forever in eternal and everlasting conscious punishment, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually for their unforgiven sins.

Believers will live forever with Jesus in Heaven and on the remade new Earth, Jesus and believers, and Heaven and Earth, united together.

–Curtis Smale