Today, as a looked at facebook, I saw a list of the twenty four most expensive watches ever sold at auction. This list was mind-blowing!!! Who has millions to spend on watches, anyway??? The above picture is the most expensive, complicated watch ever sold at auction; but what do you do with it and what real utilitarianism does it have??? Really- you can't carry this around with you; it would be like hanging a bulls-eye around your neck and your life would be worth nothing. If humans will kill one another for a mere pittance, then what would someone do for something worth $11 million dollars?? This is just a possession that carries with it more baggage, responsibility and danger. But, what if you could add something to your life that improved it, but DID NOT have any "baggage"??? Consider, for a moment the following passage from the book of 2nd Peter...
2nd Peter, Chapter 1
1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 seeing that his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and virtue; 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and exceedingly great promises; that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Yes, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence; and in moral excellence, knowledge; 6 and in knowledge, self-control; and in self-control patience; and in patience godliness; 7 and in godliness brotherly affection; and in brotherly affection, love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful to the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be more diligent to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. 11 For thus you will be richly supplied with the entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When you add more functions to a watch (called complications in horology [watch-making and the study of time] parlance) it is worth more. But these complications create human complications in that the watch becomes so involved that it is no longer fun to use. Spirituality, on the other hand becomes more valuable AND MORE ENJOYABLE as you develop!!! Adding diligence, faith, moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, patience, godliness, brotherly affection and love perfect you and are elements of your character which make you a better person. How much is that worth? In terms of money- nothing!!! But, as far as getting to heaven- well, everything!!! God has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness- so work with that!!! Faithful committed Christian? Great!!! Add more of the things mentioned in the highlighted verses and verse ten will apply to you. Oh, yes- and you will never be put on the auction block either- Jesus has already paid the price for your soul!!!