We make value decisions every day. We choose what is valuable to us. Value is determined by what people are willing to pay for a certain thing. What we pay to possess is what is valuable to us. Many in their pursuit of what is really important to them sacrifice what is truly valuable in the sight of God.
The Bible says,
“…What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.” – Luke 16:15
Righteousness, peace and joy aren’t very highly regarded among men, yet they are of great worth in the sight of God. Many times righteousness is seen as a stumbling block to wealth. People skirt the lines of what is ethical in their pursuit of what is truly valuable to them. The salesman may “stretch the truth” to close the sale, the underwriter may “overlook” a few items to write the policy, or we may cheat on our taxes in order to “have a little extra for the family”. Yet the Bible is clear, it would be much better to have less with a clean conscience than much gain with a loss of righteousness.
This is true because God values righteousness more than He values money or possessions. A real believer superimposes God’s value system on his. What is important to God becomes important to the believer. You begin to recognize that true wealth is going to bed at night with a clean conscience, not on silk sheets purchased with dishonest gain.
Bigger is not always better and sometimes less is more.