We value Christ above honor and riches. This Pearl of Great Price lies nearest our heart. He who prizes Christ esteems the gleanings of Christ—better than the world’s vintage. He counts the worst things of Christ—better than the best things of the world. Moses “regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt.” Hebrews 11:26
If we are the prizers of Christ, we cannot live without Him. A man may live without music, but not without food. A child of God can lack health and friends—but he cannot lack Christ. “Give me children,” said Rachel, “or else I die!” Genesis 30:1. So the soul says, “Give me Christ—or else I shall die! Give me one drop of the water of life to quench my thirst.”
If we are prizers of Christ, then we shall not complain at any pains to get Him. He who prizes gold, will dig for it in the mine. “My soul follows hard after God!” Psalm 63:8. He in whose eye Christ is precious, never rests until he has gained Him: “I sought Him whom my soul loves; I held Him, and would not let Him go!” Canticles 3:1,4
If we are prizers of Christ, then we take great pleasure in Christ. What joy a man takes, in that which he counts his treasure! He who prizes Christ makes Him his greatest joy. He can delight in Christ, when earthly delights are gone. Though a flower in a man’s garden dies, he can still delight in his money and jewels. He who esteems Christ, can solace himself in Christ, when there is a dearth of all other comforts.