The most expensive thing in the world is …

What is the most expensive thing in the world? Trust.


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I’ve heard it said that I should “trust” a million times. It’s like I don’t really hear it any more. I just automatically say “of course” without thinking about it. I’ve heard it said so many times that it almost doesn’t mean anything. Almost. Then I learned how wrong I was.

One day, I was having a bad day – a really bad day. The kind of day that I can only describe as black. You know the kind of day. We’ve all had them.

I was sitting at a table in the kitchen at church when a friend walked up to me. “You know. A relationship without trust is like a car without gas. You can stay in it all you want, but you won’t go anywhere! You’re hurting because you don’t trust enough.”

That got my attention. “That doesn’t even make sense! What I’m feeling has nothing to do with whether I trust or not.”

He had a sympathetic smile, a real one. Well, he put his arm around me and said. “Listen close. Trust is the action of adding value. People can add it into our lives. And, we can add value into other lives. Go build some trust! Go add value into someone else’s life. Let them know that they can trust you. And, don’t be afraid to let them add value into your life. That can be pretty hard sometimes. Then, suddenly your troubles won’t seem so bad any more.”

I looked up at him with a blank expression.

He laughed. “Don’t knock it till you try it.

Years later I can tell you this. He was amazingly right.

What does the bible say about trust?

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the lord with all your hear and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

How can I trust God if I haven’t learned to trust others?

How can there be trust if I am not adding value into the person or thing? My friend will develop trust in me when he sees that I’m adding valuing into his life by listening to him or helping him. I develop trust in my friend when I see that he’s adding value into my life. It’s a two way street. It’s like putting gas into the car.

I learn to trust God when I act on His promises and I experience the value that He adds into my life. When we learn this, then we can fully experience what it says in Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

What’s the most expensive thing in the world? Trust. Just look again at Romans 15:13.

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