DayBreaks for 6/29/18 – Three Reasons

 

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DayBreaks for 6/29/18: Three Reasons

From the DayBreaks Archive, June 2008:

When was the last time that someone did something that made you feel unimportant?  Chances are that it was fairly recently. It may have been the way you were treated by a co-worker or a boss.  It may have been the fact that your spouse didn’t greet you warmly when you got home last night.  It might even be that your dog wouldn’t even give you a warm sendoff as you went out the door this morning!  (You know it’s getting bad when your dog shines you on!)  Some were raised by parents who made them feel worthless – like human trash.

It is easy to get down on ourselves.  We grew up in a school system where our mistakes were pointed out.  Have you ever noticed how it is the errors on the page that are marked and counted instead of the right answers?  We might feel better about ourselves if the positive things we did were highlighted instead of the mistakes we made!

I ran across a quote from Lorne Sanny, the long-time head of the Navigators that I think is worth sharing.  It has a very biblical answer to the question of why we are important and valued by God.  Here it is:

“I can give you three reasons why you are important to God:

First, simply because of who you are;

Second, because of what you cost, and;

Third, because of what you can become.”

Who are we?  We are the pinnacle of God’s creation  –  made in His very image.  It was only after God made man on the sixth day of creation that He was moved to declare that what He’d done was VERY good (Gen. 1:31).  Everything else that He’d made up to then only rated “It is good.”  Mankind, however, was something else!  Psalm 8:5-6 says we were made only slightly lower than the angels, we’re crowned with glory and honor and we are charged as rulers over the works of His hands!

What did we cost?  You know the answer to that one already.  We were purchased not with the blood of bulls and goats, but with the blood of the Son of God (1 Peter 1.18-19).  In this age of multi-billion dollar mega-mergers and huge corporate buyouts we are somewhat dulled to the scope of the finances involved.  Yet not one corporate CEO or president has yet bought out their enemies by literally bleeding to death for them.  Why?  The cost is too great.

What can you become?  You can become like a bright star in God’s heavenly galaxy (Phil. 2:5); a partaker in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4); a pillar in God’s temple (Rev. 3:12); like a tree besides fresh waters (Ps. 1:3); and certainly not least, His son or daughter (Rev. 21:7).

Never let anyone tell you that you are not important or valuable.  God begs to differ!

PRAYER:  We often feel so small and insignificant in this vast universe that was created by Your hands.  When we feel useless and insignificant, help us to remember that truth that You find us precious and that we are important in Your eyes!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

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DayBreaks for 8/2/16 – Still Valuable

DayBreaks for 8/02/16 – Still Valuable

From the DayBreaks archive, August 2006:

A man once stood up in front of a large group of people and pulled a crisp $20 bill out of his pocket.  Holding it up, he asked, “Whoever would like to have this $20 bill, please raise your hand.”  Virtually every hand in the room was raised.  The speaker then took the $20 bill and crumpled it up in his hand so it was no longer crisp and like new. “Whoever would like to have this $20 bill, please raise your hand,” he said.  All the hands went up again.  Next, the speaker took the wadded up $20 bill and tossed it onto the ground beside the podium.  He proceeded to step on the bill, grinding it into the floor, before he stooped over and picked it up.  Looking at the gathering, he asked one more time, “Now, whoever would still like to have this $20 bill, please raise your hand.”  All the hands were once again raised.

What’s the point?  Well, you and I can be an awful like that $20 bill.  We start out crisp and fresh – and when we’re that way, very few would debate that the tiny human life is worth a lot.  But as we grow, we encounter life’s turbulence and we get folded and spindled and somewhat mutilated.  We don’t look as good as when we were little, there are flaws in our appearance.  Ultimately, life (either as a result of some decision we make or situations beyond our control), grinds us into the dirt of sin and degradation. 

In the story, the people in the room had no doubt about the fact that the wadded up or stomped on $20 bill was still worth $20.  It could be redeemed anywhere for a fresh $20 or for goods and services.  It had value, and the value was the same whether it was brand new, slightly wrinkled, or heavily soiled.

Awful things may have happened in your life.  Your life may have been filled with pain and dirt and ugliness.  You may very well question how God could find anything in you that is of value.  Learn from the illustration – if the $20 bill still retains its value, don’t you?  Your value to God, your preciousness to Him – remains intact regardless of the things you have done or which have been done to you.  You are still worth the blood of the Lamb and all the wrinkles and dirt on your life don’t diminish your value.

God has already said He wants you to give your life to Him regardless of how ugly it has been.  Unlike the $20 bill, you also have a choice.  Will you accept that fact that He loves you and has put such a high price on your value, or will you refuse to believe that He still wants you after the life you’ve lived?

You are precious to Him!  (1 Pet. 1:19; 2:4)

PRAYER:  Thank you for your love for us that never ends and which knows no limits.  Help up to never confuse our brokenness and sinfulness with worthlessness.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

DayBreaks for 11/06/13 – More Precious as Time Passes

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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DayBreaks for 04/08/13 – Is It Nothing to You?

DayBreaks for 04/08/13 – Is It Nothing to You?

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From The Unchained Soul, by Calvin Miller comes this analogy:

An African myth tells of a tribe whose people noticed that their cows were not giving as much milk as they once did.  In spying on their cows at midnight, they noticed a beautiful young woman carrying a large pail and floating down to earth on a moon ray.  She milked their cows and went back to the skies.  One the following night, when they trapped this thieving goddess, they discovered that she was the Sky Maiden, a member of a sky tribe who had no other way to get food for themselves.  The man who had trapped the Sky Maid promised to release her if she would return and marry him.  She agreed, but only if he would allow her to return to the sky for three days and prepare herself.  When she returned, she brought with her a large sealed box.  She told the man that she would not marry him, but he must promise her he would never look inside the box.  They were married and for many weeks lived happily together, but one day when his wife was away from their hut, the bridegroom’s curiosity got the best of him.  He opened the box and looked inside.  He was amazed.  The box was empty.

“When the Sky Maid discovered that he had looked inside, she refused to be married to him any longer.  Her earthbound husband did not understand why she would leave him for so trivial a matter as an empty box.  She replied to him with these words: ‘I’m not leaving you because you opened the box, I thought you probably would.  I’m leaving you because you said it was empty.  It wasn’t empty; it was full of sky.  It contained the light and the air and the smells of my home in the sky.  When I went home for the last time, I filled that box with everything that was most precious to me to remind me of where I came from.  How can I be your wife if what is most precious to me is emptiness to you?’

“This parable explains the plight of God.  His is it that, when we mean so very much to God, he means so little to us?  Yet his love is unconditional.  It flows eternally toward us, whether or not we stop to love God in return.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Rom. 5:6-8)

“God loves us to the extremity of the cross and says to us, ‘Look in the box.’  Grace fills the treasure chest of God.  Is His glorious love of no value?  Do you experience this love beyond all telling, or are you incriminated by Jeremiah’s cry, ‘Is it nothing to you?’ (Lam. 1:12)

How important to you are the treasures of God?

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 04/10/12 – Is It Nothing to You?

DayBreaks for 04/10/12 – Is It Nothing to You?

"Is it nothing to you?" - God

 ‘Is it nothing to you?’ (Lam. 1:12)

From The Unchained Soul, by Calvin Miller comes this analogy:

An African myth tells of a tribe whose people noticed that their cows were not giving as much milk as they once did.  In spying on their cows at midnight, they noticed a beautiful young woman carrying a large pail and floating down to earth on a moon ray.  She milked their cows and went back to the skies.  One the following night, when they trapped this thieving goddess, they discovered that she was the Sky Maiden, a member of a sky tribe who had no other way to get food for themselves.  The man who had trapped the Sky Maid promised to release her if she would return and marry him.  She agreed, but only if he would allow her to return to the sky for three days and prepare herself.  When she returned, she brought with her a large sealed box.  She told the man that she would marry him, but he must promise her he would never look inside the box.  They were married and for many weeks lived happily together, but one day when his wife was away from their hut, the bridegroom’s curiosity got the best of him.  He opened the box and looked inside.  He was amazed.  The box was empty.

“When the Sky Maid discovered that he had looked inside, she refused to be married to him any longer.  Her earthbound husband did not understand why she would leave him for so trivial a matter as an empty box.  She replied to him with these words: ‘I’m not leaving you because you opened the box, I thought you probably would.  I’m leaving you because you said it was empty.  It wasn’t empty; it was full of sky.  It contained the light and the air and the smells of my home in the sky.  When I went home for the last time, I filled that box with everything that was most precious to me to remind me of where I came from.  How can I be your wife if what is most precious to me is emptiness to you?’

“This parable explains the plight of God.  How is it that, when we mean so very much to God, he means so little to us?  Yet his love is unconditional.  It flows eternally toward us, whether or not we stop to love God in return.

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Rom. 5:6-8)

“God loves us to the extremity of the cross and says to us, ‘Look in the box.’  Grace fills the treasure chest of God.  Is His glorious love of no value?  Do you experience this love beyond all telling, or are you incriminated by Jeremiah’s cry, ‘Is it nothing to you?’ (Lam. 1:12)

How important are the treasures of God to you?

PRAYER: May what You treasure be our highest desire, and may we treasure those things more than our own lives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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