Tag: Value

Value The State of The Soul

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

You would do well to measure all people by God’s standard — to measure them not by the amount of their income — but by the condition of their souls. When the Lord God looks down from Heaven upon people, He takes no account of many things which are highly esteemed by the world. He looks not at a person’s money, or lands, or titles. He looks only at the state of their souls — and reckons them accordingly. Oh, that you would strive to do likewise! Oh, that you would value grace above titles, or intellect, or gold! Often, far too often, the only question asked about a person is, “How much are they worth?” It would be well for us all to remember that every person is pitiably poor — until they are rich in faith, and rich toward God.

by J.C. Ryle

Wealth And Poverty From God’s View

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

Let us never give way to the common idea that people are to be valued according to their income, and that the person who has most money is the one who ought to be the most highly esteemed. There is no authority for this notion in the Bible. The general teaching of Scripture is flatly opposed to it.

“Not many wise, not many mighty, not many noble are called” (1 Cor. 1:26).

“Let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glories glory in this, that he knows and understands me” (Jeremiah 9:24).

Wealth is no mark of God’s favor. Poverty is no mark of God’s displeasure. Those whom God justifies and glorifies are seldom the rich of this world. If we would measure people as God measures them, we must value them according to their grace.

by J.C. Ryle