The Worth of Christ Part 1
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV
Oskar grew up in a typical home. Son to a small business owner, he attended technical school as a young man only to be expelled before completing his studies for forging a report card. A high-school drop-out, Oskar was forced to work for his father until his marriage to the daughter of wealthy farmer. Moving in with his in-laws Oskar took several dead end jobs until finally enlisting in the military.
For the next several years Oskar finally began to raise through the ranks of wealth and influence, however, his discontentment with life only grew and he began wasting his life upon alcohol, illicit relationships, and bad company. Thankfully, Oskar’s downward spiral was not to continue indefinitely for when confronted with a series of eye-opening experiences, his life’s course and purpose were forever changed.
In 1941, now a member of the Nazi party in Germany, Oskar witnessed the gruesome treatment of the Jews as they were forcefully removed from their homes and transported to concentration camps. Making use of his financial means and lofty acquaintances in the Nazi party, Oskar Schindler began working to save as many Jewish lives as possible. During the course of World war II Schindler spent his fortune and exasperated all possible connections to save hundreds of lives.
In a film based on the life of Schindler’s experience, there is a particularly touching scene at the end. The war now over, the danger to his Jewish friends passed, Schindler is overcome with emotion when he realizes that he could have done more. Struck with the value of a life, he takes a tearful inventory of his last few possessions and recognizes that if he had invested them more lives could have been ransomed.
We too are called to invest our earthly treasure for the good of others. The great exchange we must invest in is our earthly treasure for heavenly gain. Everything we have, we have been given, may all of our resources be invested in the kingdom while they can still make a difference.
Still Seeking His Face,