While we were in class on Monday night, we completed this group activity entitled, “Values Auction.” We had to bid on a list of values that were the MOST important to us. The instructor gave each student a thousand bucks of pretend money. On the list were happiness, completing my education, living according to religious beliefs, being famous, looking good, family security, good health, traveling, having lots of possessions, inner peace, and companionship. Just to name a few…
When we started bidding, “living according to religious beliefs” was the second from the top. The first was “Looking good.”
She moved on.
My professor then said, “Living according to religious beliefs” going for $100.00.”
I looked around the room. Nobody, including me, said anything. Just as she said, “Nobody?” I yelled, “I’ll give my whole thousand.” She asked, “The whole thousand?” I said, “Yeah” in a hesitant manner. She took my “pretend money” and moved to the next value and opened the bid.
Now, if you know anything about bidding, you know I could’ve easily bought it for $100 since nobody else was bidding and would’ve had $900.00 left to spend on other “values.”
So as the activity continued, I sat and listened to the “values” that my classmates bidded on. The most competitive bids were happiness and completing my education.
See, I had the chance to look over the handout before we began the activity. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted to bid all my money on living according to religious beliefs because in my mind if you live according to His will, fulfillment is a given.
However, when she opened the bid and I realized no one else was bidding, initially I became hesitant and didn’t want to speak out.
How many times we do we “put off” doing what we know we should do because it isn’t popular? We don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb so we spend our lives trying to fit in.
God desires boldness. Be bold! Be you! Be different!
When I was hesitant, Mark 8:38 dropped in my spirit.
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
And when that Holy Spirit starts speaking and convicting, you have to act! Lol
That’s when I yelled, “I’ll give my whole thousand.”
The truth of the matter is you may have to walk alone. Look at the story of Abraham. In His loneliness is when He heard God’s voice. Had he been worried about being alone or about fitting it or sticking out, he would have missed what God had for Him.
Sometimes, the road less traveled leads to your destiny.
Mark 8:36 dropped in my spirit as well later in class.
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?”
What are we willing to sacrifice to live according to God’s will?
What are we willing to miss out on to do what’s God has instructed us to do?
What price are we willing to pay to enter God’s kingdom?
So with that being said- Even when you complete your education, gain lots of possessions, & travel around the world, you still won’t find fulfillment in those things.
“Erica, how do you know?”
Because I’ve been there. I have 3 degrees, have had the “flourishing” bank account, and have traveled to many places….
….and still felt like I was missing something.
Fulfillment is found in God.
When your life becomes about chasing anything more than you chase God, then even when you succeed, you still have failed.
No, living right is not easy and you won’t ever get it right completely, but God sees your effort and He values sacrifice.
Bid the highest on God and watch Him place His highest bid on you!
~Disclaimer: Now, I’m not in any way insinuating that living according to religious beliefs was not of importance to my classmates. ~