Throughout my life I’ve collected a lot of stuff. I have boxes of things that at one time were important but over time have lost their value. And, as an obsessive collector, I’ve realised that the thrill is in searching for and getting a new piece to add to the collection. Then my attention turns towards the hunt for the next item.

While we pile up many things that are important to us, very little of it is really valuable. In fact, over time I have learnt that the most valuable things in life are not material items at all. Rather, it’s the people who have loved me and become part of my life who are valuable. When I find myself saying, “I don’t know what I’d do without them,” I know that they are indeed valuable to me.

So when Peter refers to Jesus as “a chief cornerstone, elect, precious” (1 Peter 2:6), it should resonate with us that He is truly valuable—our prized possession above everything and everyone else. Where would we be today without the constant unfailing companionship of His faithful presence, wise and perfect guidance, merciful patience, comfort and transforming power? What would we do without Him? I can’t even imagine!

Jesus is more precious than anything or anyone else.


Joe Stowell


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