“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors.” (1 Pet 1:18)
We were bought with an incredible price. The blood of Jesus is the most precious commodity in all time and in all eternity. With the spilling of that blood, we were redeemed from eternal banishment, and that sacrifice ushered us into the presence of God, free from sin and death.
How much does God value you if He would not spare His only Son to secure your salvation? You were so precious to Him that He redeemed you to Himself not with mere gold or silver but with the most precious substance in the universe.
It was a massive price to pay, but it reflects the love God has for you.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for the sacrifice You made for me, Jesus. Amen.
“And everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments.” (Exo 35:21)
We are all part of the universal church of God. He has reflected His personality and various traits in a multitude of Christian expression in many denominations. We are here as His body to reach the lost with the truth.
Part of our responsibility is to fund the effective proclamation of the Gospel. That can take a multitude of expression, both locally and internationally and in so many wonderful ways.
We can be moved by personal gain or by the compassion of God to build His Kingdom. Giving to the work of God is one important way we can help be a part of the answer.
Quick Prayer: Move my heart to meet the needs of Your kingdom in a practical way. Amen.
“‘Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and my name is to be feared among the nations.’” (Mal 1:14)
Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we are freed from the curse of the breach of the Law. We are now subject to grace and the blessing of Abraham because we live by faith.
The essence of this passage is when we promise to give of our best, we should keep our word. In those moments where we feel full of the power of God and sense His presence, we are quick to say we will do this and that and promise to give and achieve or follow a set of standards. We would do well to keep our word or promise what we intend to fulfill. He is Almighty God. If we have that relationship right, we are more likely to keep our word with those around us at work.
Quick Prayer: May I always be a person of my word. Amen.