In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
Written by: Kyle Stanforth
An executive from Target once claimed one of their largest profit makers this time of the year is unredeemed gift cards. Someone (the giver) had gone into one of their stores, paid for the card and had given it as a gift to someone else (the receiver). But that someone else, never came in to redeem it. The gift card had been paid in full, but the receiver did not accept the gift. What a waste, right?
Not long ago, the word “redeemed” was one of those churchy words people would look at you funny if you used it. With the popularity of gift cards, we all get it now. Everyone understands an unredeemed gift card is a waste of money. Some people actually cash their cards in right away so that they don’t forget about them.
Much more than a $50 gift card, Jesus paid a price we could not pay with His blood for a gift of eternal life we could not earn. Jesus has already said “Yes” to each of us, but each of us needs to say “Yes” to Him and accept His gift.
This time of year, we are very focused on gifts. Why wouldn’t we be? We are celebrating when the angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy for all people. Today in the City of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord!”
Thought of the day: If you have not accepted the gift of Jesus as Savior, I encourage you to do so. If you have already, this is the perfect time to “Re-gift” to a friend.
Prayer: Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for showering us daily with Your grace. We thank You for the seen and unseen blessings around us. God, we know You love your people. We pray as the building at the South Gilbert Campus goes up, that people will notice. We pray for people that have walked away from You will soften their hearts and be drawn back to you through this campus.
Lord, we pray You move in and around the South Gilbert community for people to seek out a solution to that God-shaped void in their heart that only You can fill. We ask the distractions of this world and their lives to be quieted so Your quiet whisper can be heard. We pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.