Based on “Unlimited Opportunities, Part 6” by Pastor Mark Balmer; 2/19-20/11,
Message #MB451; Daily Devotional #5 - “The Price God Paid”
Preparing the Soil (Introduction): Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:15-17, NLT) In life we encounter things we think we can't live without. It may be a new car, a big screen television, or the latest technological gadget we saw a friend using. Often these desires can seem so real that we view them as a need. It’s only after we have had them a little while that we realize their lack of necessity. Sadly, often it’s only when death or sickness is encountered by a loved one that we remember what really matters. Anyone who has ever experienced the sickness or loss of a loved one knows what it is like to be willing to give up any material possession and pay ANY price, if it would only make them well, or allow us to see them again.
Planting and Watering the Seed (Growth): This week’s lesson reminded me that there was a cost to my freedom from the bondage of sin. “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Corinthians 6:20) My personal sin prevented me from a loving relationship with the creator of the universe (Isaiah 59:2). Not only did Jesus sacrifice Himself for me, but God the Father put forth His one and only Son, whom He loved dearly, to pay the penalty of my sin (John 3:16-17). As a father, I know that I would pay ANY price for my children’s health and well being. We should remember that there is someone out there who loves us with that same passion and has already paid the ultimate price for us. God sacrificed everything to bring me into His eternal presence and allow me to fulfill His purpose. Someday, we will stand before Jesus and give an account for how we spent our time and resources in this lifetime (Romans 14:12). It would be heartbreaking to know that, after Jesus paid such a price for my freedom, I allowed the distractions of the world to prevent me from fulfilling His purpose.
Harvesting the Crop (Action/Response): I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says, “Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.” (Romans 15:21, NLT) We should pray daily that God will open the doors and we will not miss our opportunity to serve. Fear can distract us and can cause us to toil in our jobs, increase our bank accounts, or further our education in an effort to feel secure. These things are all good, but in the blink of the eye can be gone. The only thing we can trust in for all eternity is God and His plan and purpose. God will provide for those that follow Him and give us what we truly need to fulfill His purpose for our lives. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. (Psalm 20:7)
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