An ancient writing has been translated, which appears to be of a biblical nature.
And Adam gave names to all the animals, birds, and wild beasts. But none of them were a suitable companion for him.
Then God said, “Adam, I will make for you a mate, for it is not good for man to be alone. She will be called woman, because she will be made from man.”
“Great,” Adam said, knowing that anything God created would be good. “What will she be like?”
“Beautiful in every way,” God said. “She will do anything you ask, never complaining. A delicious meal will be ready for you every evening. Your house will always be clean, your garments washed and pressed. She will care for the children, even during the night.”
“Wonderful,” Adam said. “What will this cost me?”
“An arm and a leg.”
Adam hesitated. “What can I get for a rib?”
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam. From one of his ribs, he created the woman named Eve.
I told that funny to make a serious point. The pursuit of our dreams depends on our perception of two things: value and cost. As soon as the cost seems too high, we look for an alternative, which is tragic when the dream would actually have been worth much more than the cost. If only we hadn’t given up.
When the apostle Paul said, “I press on to the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” he was focusing on the value of the prize, reminding himself that its pursuit was worth everything, even his own life.
A man asked what was needed to receive eternal life. Jesus said, “Go and sell everything you own, and give the money to the poor. You will have treasure in Heaven and can follow me” (Matthew 19:21). The man walked away, sorrowing. Why? He didn’t recognize the value of following Jesus. If he had, he would have seen the cost as insignificant.
I understand the Bible to say, To have all of God, the cost is all of me. In other words, By giving up everything I want, I can have everything God wants, which is a much better deal.
Perhaps, instead of being so cost conscious, we should be more value conscious.