I CORINTHIANS 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I enjoy a bargain! Actually, preparing this, I am tying to remember the last time I bought anything at full price. Probably it was a “homemade” candle at the variety store in downtown Gadsden, only because it is handcrafted,smells WONDERFUL throughout a large room, and using a candle warmer, it lasts a long time (unless someone (yes, me, who else!) tries to MOVE the table the warmer is sitting on, while the candle is turned on, spilling wax everywhere, just saying!). Before then, I actually believe I have not paid full asking price and that was for extenuating circumstances, being something to wear, to my father-in-law’s funeral in 1994.
The Lord gave me the idea for today’s devotional Tuesday as Jonathan and I drove back from the gym. We passed a pretty house for sale with a huge “reduced” sign in the yard. What a shame the economy is such that a nice house doesn’t fetch as much as it could. It is and older home and I am quite sure, just from the outside, it must be a “fixer-upper”. Possibly it was too much for the current owner to incur or more of a hassle than anyone wants to deal with, who knows.
Can you imagine going to a thrift store and telling the owner you would give something priceless in exchange for anything in his or her store? Why would anyone do such a thing? Perhaps you saw value or potential in something no one else could.
I enjoy watching the shows on tv or clips on the Internet where people take what is considered junk to some and transform it into something beautiful. What could be any more in need of restoration than wretched sinners? Who other than our Blessed Creator could repurpose someone’s life for His glory?
Psalm 50:10-12 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Yet our Father gave His Son, Jesus Christ as payment for us! That certainly was no discounted price, it was the highest Heaven’s limitless resources could afford!
Everything is the Lord’s, yet in His wisdom and sovereignty He allowed the cost for our redemption to be Christ. Knowing that, why do we ever listen to the lies the world tells us and believe that our value hinges on having this sports car or that outfit? Who or what are we allowing to determine our worth? We are Daughters of the Most High God!
Before going out when I was a teenager, mom would always say, “Remember who you are and Whose (God’s) you are.” Boy, back then if I tried to enjoy myself doing anything I shouldn’t, that came to mind and annoyed me, truthfully sometimes. She wanted me to see myself as valuable in the eyes of the Father and not dependent on who I hung around, what I did or anything I owned. PRAISE the Lord for a godly and wise momma!
Like that lovely house I mentioned earlier, the world puts a “reduced” label on us, continually insisting we are worth less and less. Praise God, He realizes value where the world says there is none, through the blood of Jesus.
O Lord our God
You determined our worth
Our value is in Who You say we are
Not what the world declares
Thank You for loving us
What a thrill it is, what joy to call You Abba, Father
Thank You, Jesus, for giving Your life that we may live
Holy Spirit, thank You for peace that passes all understanding
Through the blood of the Lamb, Jesus
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus” (story behind the song)
“Jesus Paid It All”
(story behind the song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDjGS45llIM
“I Need Thee”
GOD BLESS YOU, SISTERS!
credits: FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURES
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