DayBreaks for 11/06/13 – More Precious as Time Passes
From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/6/2003:
Job 22:25 (Msg) – God Almighty will be your treasure, more wealth than you can imagine.
If you are like many people, you’ve come to rely on the microwave oven for quick and easy meal or snack preparation. Modern microwaves are wonders of efficiency. For example, ours has a button for popcorn – you don’t have to set the timer, just press the “popcorn” button and the microwave seems to know how long to run. (I’m sure it’s just setting a timer internally based on the “average” amount of time it takes to pop a bag of corn, but it’s still pretty cool!!!) Where would we be without microwaves! If you enjoy them, be glad that the price of the microwave oven technology has come down so much since it first came out. The first microwave oven, built in 1947, coast $42,611 in 2003 dollars!
As with most impressive things, over time the cost comes down. The price of flat screen monitors, PDA’s, satellite dishes, computers, flat screen TV’s, CD recorders, VCR players, DVD players, digital still and movie cameras have all come down to where they are within the reach of most Americans. And I guess that’s good. Regardless, it happens because technology improves and becomes more readily available.
Not all things in life, however, get cheaper as time passes. Some get more expensive. Consider a fine wine (not that I’ve ever had any!). Based on things I’ve seen on TV, some of the priciest wine is among the oldest. The most expensive bottle of wine ever sold was auctioned in the famous Christie’s Auction Room in London, on December 5, 1985. The price was 105,000 pounds (roughly $250,000) – for a single bottle of wine – a 1787 Chateau Lafitte Claret that was engraved with the initials of Thomas Jefferson!
Why is it that some things get cheaper and some get more expensive? It’s all really a matter of the value we attach to things. As I get older, I find myself thinking more and more about the value of Christ’s sacrifice for me. Perhaps it’s because I’m getting closer and closer to “crossing the river” myself, and as we get closer to the end of life, the things of this world don’t hold as much allure because we’re thinking about much more important things such as “What comes next?” And that’s why the cross grows dearer and dearer to me. It alone shows me the answer in a way that is irrefutable. Christ died to show me that he wasn’t just kidding around when he said he wanted to save us, for us to be able to live with him. And thus, as time goes by, the blood of Christ grows richer and more precious – quite the opposite of microwaves and the things of the world.
Oh, yeah, one more thing. That expensive bottle of wine? Well, a mere eleven months after the sale, the cork dried out, slipped into the bottle and spoiled the wine, making it not only the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold, but also the most expensive bottle of vinegar! The cross of Christ will never turn sour, but only grow sweeter through all eternity!
Luke 12:34 (Msg) – It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
Copyright by 2003 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>
PRAYER: With each day, Lord Jesus, you become more and more precious! I pray that will never cease to be, not even throughout all eternity! Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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