“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Acts 20:32–35, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Remember it? Of course you do. Mastercard’s first commercial in it’s long-running Priceless campaign. A dad taking his young son to his first baseball game. “Tickets, $46. Hot dogs, popcorn, soda, $27. Autographed baseball $50. Real conversation, priceless. There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else, there’s MasterCard.” Father and son bonding. I had this experience is reverse for my sixtieth birthday. A St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan since I was about eleven, I had seen them play at Wrigley Field in Chicago and Miller Park in Milwaukee, but never in St. Louis. My son treated me to a weekend game. Priceless does not even begin to describe it.
We have “an inheritance among all those who are sanctified,” that is beyond priceless. No need to covet “anyone’s silver or gold or clothing.” Hard work, helping the weak, and the blessed giving of our time, talent and treasure. All of these have their “cost.” But the inheritance is something that money can’t buy.
My Advice – Don’t spend your time worrying about the cost. Focus on the priceless reward. Bond with the Father.