Too often in life we look at the metrics and not at the value. It happens in business, but the same is true in our lives. We can fall into the trap thinking that more money, better return on investment, having greater quantities of whatever we are seeking is a definition of success and thereby produces value.
Value is a subjective concept that encompasses more than just numerical data. It involves a range of factors, such as the quality of a product or service, customer satisfaction, employee morale, and long-term sustainability. Metrics, on the other hand, tend to focus on quantifiable aspects, such as revenue, profits, productivity, and efficiency.
The problem with relying solely on metrics is that they can be misleading. For example, an educational institution may prioritize improving test scores but overlook the importance of fostering creativity and critical thinking skills.
However God tells us that value is far more important than the metrics. He will give us opportunities in our lives where the metrics will not measure the amount of value that we are generating for the Kingdom. Kingdom value is found in doing what He calls us to do and is often not objectively measurable.
However, we must have some accountability. It is said that you can value a person's life by 1. who they have loved, 2. who has loved them and 3. who they have served. Those are the metrics by which we should measure our lives. Have we loved God, have we served God and have others benefited from our service.
God will call us throughout our lives to take a pay cut to stretch us in directions where we do not want to go where we might be fearful of the outcome because the metrics will not be good. However, to not follow where he leads will lead us farther from Him.
Is God in control of our lives or are we in control of God and what he wants for us. Are we too focused on the metrics of the devil or are we seeking the value which God desires us to perform through the gifts he has given us to serve others for his Kingdom.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Paul reminds us in Ephesians, to see ourselves as valuable and worthy, not because of our own accomplishments or abilities, but because of our relationship with God. The Bible teaches that all human beings have inherent value and worth because they are created in God's image (Genesis 1:27).
Are we willing to risk it all for Him? When we stand at the crossroads do we look heavenly and ask God which path serves you. I don't care about the metrics, just bring me closer to you.
The world will judge you by the metrics but God has a different standard. His standard will be the tool by which we are judged and each of us will fall short. But for the grace of God through Jesus Christ will we be able to enter His heavenly kingdom. Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. He is not a metric. Put your trust in him as most of the world's metrics are for the Devil.
My prayer is that we each seek first the Kingdom of God and then all other things will be added onto us (Matthew 6:33). I know God will measure us through the filter of Jesus and, in so doing, we will find a place in Heaven. Until that day, may we seek to love God in a manner that all can know us as Christians and may what we do honor Him and bring Glory to His name.