A Kenyan friend shared his dilemma: "Kindly pray for our center. The needs are becoming too many. More clients, no resources."
That is a big problem in developing countries. People have little time for volunteering and few material goods for sharing. We know the value of caring for physical needs in attracting others to the Gospel, but what does it say if we feel giving the best gift -- godly wisdom -- isn't enough?
Psalm 19 calls "the judgments of the Lord ... more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold." Wisdom is worth more than gold and precious gems, according to Job 28:12-19, Proverbs 3:13-15, 8:12-21, and 16:16. If you could give your friends or pregnancy care center clients something better than gold you would, wouldn't you?
GOLD. In today's economy, people are being advised to put their wealth into gold, although its price peaked back in 2012. Godly wisdom holds its value forever.
FINE GOLD. If we were handing out gold we might reserve the finest for our loved ones. 24 Karat gold is the purest, with no alloys. It's what the bars in Fort Knox are made of. God's ways are the "gold standard."
MUCH FINE GOLD. How much is "much"? More than a few grains or nuggets, to be sure. Is it more than a jewelry box full of gold rings, necklaces, bracelets, and coins? Piles of gold bars? A single "right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl." (Prov. 25:11-12)
When we give people the Gospel or teach them from the Bible ... when we live a godly life before them and demonstrate its benefits ... we're giving them much fine gold.
The greatest treasure of all is freedom from sin and eternal life. The truth of Jesus Christ sets people free. A message that turns a woman from abortion and keeps her from a lifetime of sorrow is truly worth far more than gold!
It's always good to do good -- to give and help and share. But it's a crime to withhold the best gift of all.
Few Christians have stockpiles of pure gold, but we have another treasure in "jars of clay." We must train ourselves and others to "love God's commandments above gold; yea above fine gold." (Psalm 119:127)