Working for Value
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8 (NIV)
It’s Black Friday. You may have been awake since before dawn, ready to head out with family and friends to “shop till you drop.” Every year, the day after Thanksgiving marks the start of a crucial day for a countless number of retailers. The coming month can make the difference between profitability for the year, or major losses. Or worse.
It’s a little sad that the birth of My Son has been turned into a celebration of materialism. But what’s worse than that is how people try to prove their value as a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin or friend by how much they buy. The amount of money they spend and the extravagance of their gifts becomes the measure of their worth, love and caring.
The world works like that—appearances matter more than anything. Except that, deep down, they don’t. When people had nothing to offer except their flaws, failures, and sins, I sent My Son into the world to show them a better way to live. To make it possible to face an eternity in heaven. It was a free gift, one that is still good 2,000 years later. You don’t have to work for it or show how good you are to deserve it. And that is a bargain better than anything you can find today at any retailer, large or small. Kind of makes you thankful, doesn’t it?
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- Read the full passage about Christ’s sacrifice, Romans 5:6-16.
- Are you trying to earn your way to heaven? How does that make you feel?
- Watch this YouTube video about Black Friday shopping disasters. Have you ever witnessed this kind of scene? What did you think? Are these people grateful for what they have? What can you learn from that?