Week beginning: 27th September, 2015

By Caroline Eade | Cambridge

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."

Matthew 13:44 (NIV 2011)

What's the most valuable thing you have?

Assumptions about value surround us in the legal profession. Many (though not all) lawyers are relatively well paid, and inhabit a culture in which comparisons about the value of our possessions or experiences are the norm. Conversation easily revolves around fairly unsubtle boasts about cars, houses, or holidays. In private practice, the idea that some people's time is more valuable than that of others is simply embedded in the way we work: an hour's work by a partner or QC is worth much more than that of a trainee or junior. Discussions about how to charge for legal services are loaded with terms such as "added value" and "value based" pricing.

In this world, it is easy to lose perspective on where ultimate value lies. Jesus' brief parable reminds us that what is most valuable - worth much more than everything else we have put together - is in knowing God as our Father, and being able to live under his loving rule. Christ's grace towards us in the gospel outweighs whatever any of us or our colleagues may otherwise prize.

Let us develop the habit of rightly treasuring this precious gift, so that we guard our hearts against the distortions of value that can creep into our thinking. And as we then see more clearly the spiritual poverty of those around us, let us take every opportunity to share with them the one thing that will make them truly rich - the knowledge of God in Jesus Christ.

Prayer points:

1. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Cor 9:15, NIV 2011)

2. Pray that we would be able to stand against the consumerist mindset of our culture and profession, and that we would live and speak in a way that values Christ above everything else;

3. Pray that, as we do so, we would be able to point others to Christ's infinite worth.