Saturday, May 26, 2007

A Word With You. - Daily Devotion

  I guess it might be nice to own a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
It's not on my top ten list of things I'd like to have, but if it's cheap, why
not? That's what one man thought when he bought a copy of the Declaration in a
thrift store. He spent a whopping $2.48. Such a deal! It turns out what he
bought for $2.48 is one of 200 copies John Quincy Adams had made in 1823. It's
going on sale soon. It's expected to sell for a quarter of a million dollars!

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about

Somebody looked at that old copy of a document and made a serious mistake.
They undervalued it, big-time! Of course, we make that mistake too, with people.
It's happened to someone who's listening right now. You've been undervalued many
times, perhaps by many people. It's to the point where you've come to believe
yourself that you're not really worth that much. How could you be after the
names you've been called, the rejection you've experienced, the failed
relationships, and the ways you've been treated?

I've got news for you. None of those people have any idea of what you're
really worth, anymore than some merchant knew what that rare Declaration of
Independence was worth. But somebody knows, and they'll pay a lot for it.

Somebody knows what you're really worth. You can tell. He paid a lot for
you. He is no one less than the Son of God. Here's how the Bible puts it: "You
are not your own; you were bought at a price" (I Corinthians 6:19-20). The price
that Jesus paid for you is spelled out graphically in our word for today from
the Word of God in Revelation 5:9. The inhabitants of heaven are saying to
Jesus: "You were slain, and with your blood You purchased men for God." Jesus
thought you were worth the shedding of His blood; the blood of the one and only
Son of God. Think about that cross where He hung with nails in His hands and
feet, a crown of thorns jammed on His head, a spear driven into His side, and
say these two words, "For me."

That's how bad your sin was. It took that to pay for it. And that's how big
God's love for you is. He did that so He wouldn't lose you. Sin is serious
business. It's living the way you want to live instead of the way your Creator
made you to live. It's the spiritual hijacking of your life from the One who
gave it to you in the first place. And hijacking is punishable by a death
penalty. I deserved that penalty. Jesus stepped in and said, "Take me instead."
In the words of the Bible, "He loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians
2:20). He really, really loves you. He's the One who gave you your worth when He
made you His one-of-a-kind original. He wants to restore the worth that sin has
taken from you.

But you have to choose Him. He won't force His way into your life. You'll
have to invite Him. That invitation involves a lifetime choice to turn from
running your own life to putting your life in His hands, where it's belonged all
along. It's a step of total trust in Him as being your only hope of having your
sins forgiven, of going to heaven, of experiencing the love you were made for.
He's waiting for you to tell Him with all your heart, "Jesus, I am Yours." After
all He's paid for you, is there any reason not to trust Him?


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