「依世俗的眼光來看，上帝難以置信地浪費祂的聖者在最無用的地方。我們也許會判斷，因為我最會做這個，所以這是我生命的最佳用途。但是耶穌卻不用這樣的標準來衡量自己的生命，因為祂知道神自己會將祂的聖者放在會為祂帶來榮耀的地方，我們無法判斷自己生命的最佳用途。」(Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost For His Highest")
思想 / 討論題目
你聽過『最佳用途和最高價值』一詞嗎？如果你不在房仲業工作，在你的職場中有沒有類似的觀念？這個觀念對你來說，在個人及專業領域上有甚麼意義？ 你是否曾經問過自己「我人生的最佳用途和最高價值是甚麼?」這樣的問題？如果有，你的結論是甚麼？如果沒有，當別人問你時你會怎麼回答？ 本文作者對自己「人生的最佳用途和最高價值」的答案是專注於與神的關係。對於這一點你的看法如何？ 對於文中提到「神難以置信地浪費他的聖者在最無用的地方」你的看法是甚麼？你是否想過神認為的「最佳用途和最高價值」和一般人的看法是完全不一樣的？ 註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE”S HIGHEST AND BEST USE?
By Ken Korkow
When I was working in commercial real estate, one of the appraisal approaches we used when determining property valuation was termed “highest and best use.” If someone came to me and said: "I have inherited 160 acres. Please tell me what it is worth," I would begin by asking questions: "Where is it located?" "What is it being used for now?" "What is land adjacent to it being used for?"
If the land was situated in the middle of Nebraska – flat, with good soil, having abundant water available – I would guess the property was worth thousands of dollars per acre. However, if the 160 acres were located near our ranch in South Dakota – with poor soil, lots of rocks, hilly terrain, no wildlife habitat, and annual rainfall as low as seven inches per year – the property would be worth only several hundred dollars per acre.
If the 160 acres happened to be located in the middle of downtown Dallas, Texas, U.S.A., it would be valued at a tremendous amount of money per square foot (at 43,560 square feet per acre)!
Apply that valuation principle to your own life: What is the highest and best use for your life? This is well worth considering, but the answer is not always easy to determine. For instance, you might enjoy playing golf, but if you never break par, devoting yourself to becoming a professional golfer seems unwise. Taking photographs might be a pleasurable hobby for you, but if you do not have the technical skill or natural artistic instincts that are required, you probably should not pursue a career in photography.
Looking at my own life, I concluded I was a “natural” at two things in my life: fighting in war (I served in heavy combat during the Vietnam War) and making lots of money by selling farms and ranches. But I no longer do either of those anymore, because I concluded they were not the highest and best use of my life.
Not long ago I read a statement that got me thinking about this:
"Look at God’s incredible waste of His saints, according to the world’s judgment. God seems to plant His saints in the most useless places. And then we say, “God intends for me to be here because I am so useful to Him.” Yet Jesus never measured His life by how or where He was of the greatest use. God places His saints where they will bring the most glory to Him, and we are totally incapable of judging where that may be." – Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost For His Highest"
During his time on earth, Jesus had many talents and abilities, but they did not determine what He did with his life. Instead, his primary motivation was to "know and obey the will of the Father" (John 5:30; 6:38-40; 15:10; Mark 12:28-30).
As I have wrestled with the question, “What is the highest and best use of my life?” I have determined that my highest calling is to learn to know Christ more intimately and living Him more intentionally. In my opinion, nothing else comes remotely close. And nothing else is as exciting or rewarding!
What about you? Do you have an eternal vision that ignites your earthly passion? We all have day-to-day workplace responsibilities, but even these should be viewed in terms of eternity. In Ephesians 2:10 it says, “For we are God”s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Are you aware of those “good works” God has prepared for you to do?
Ken Korkow lives in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A., where he serves as an area director for CBMC. This is adapted from the “Fax of Life” column that he writes each week. Used with permission.
Are you familiar with the concept “highest and best use”? If you do not work in commercial real estate, is there an equivalent to this idea in your area of expertise? What does this phrase mean for you, both professionally and personally? Have you ever thought of asking yourself a question similar to, “What is the highest and best use of my life”? If so, what has been your conclusion? If not, how would you answer it if asked by someone else? Mr. Korkow states that his own answer to this question directly centers around his relationship with God. What is your reaction to that viewpoint? How do you understand Oswald Chambers” statement about “God”s incredible waste of his saints,” appearing to plant his people in “the most useless places”? Does that seem true to you? Would you think there a possibility that what God regards as “greatest use” could be drastically different from how we would conclude from a pragmatic, human perspective? Why or why not? NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review some other passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Psalm 139:13-16; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Philippians 3:7-10; 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17