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 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

DayBreaks for 05/25/12 – The Increasing Value of Time

Speeding away…into eternity…

Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV)  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Time.  We have a saying that “Time is money.”  I suppose that has always been true, but I suspect that the concept of time, and the value of it, has changed greatly over the past 25 years.  Once, businesses moved with a slower pace than they do today.  When once it took days to get a letter across the country the pace of time, and the value of it, moved much more slowly.

Now, however, when business moves at the speed of electrons and the window for profit and loss is greatly contracted, we are seeing the value of even miniscule slices of time: “In April, a research ship will begin surveying the Atlantic Ocean floor off of Nova Scotia as the first step to building, by 2013, a $300 million private fiber-optic line connecting New York and London financial markets so as to speed up current transmission times–by about five milliseconds. Those five milliseconds, though (according to an April report in Bloomberg Business Week), will enable the small group of firms that are underwriting the project (and who will have exclusive use of it) to earn millions of dollars per transaction by having their trade sales arrive five milliseconds before their competitors’ sales would have arrived.” [Bloomberg Business Week, 4-2-2012]  News of the Weird, 4/29/12

Long ago, Paul spoke of redeeming (“buying back”) time – in specific, the times in which we live.  What does it mean today for us to “redeem the time” and what does it look like in a modern world?  For one thing, it means we must be able to give quick, succinct, yet persuasive sound bites for what we believe and why we believe it to be true and worthwhile.  Where once we may have had the luxury of long, leisurely conversations, we need to figure out how to bear witness and testimony very rapidly, yet with reason and conviction.

But there is an even greater reason that time is so valuable: when it runs out for the individual or for the entire creation, the time for choosing is gone, over, finished.  Time is precious.  Why?  Because souls are dying without Christ.  And every soul is worth far more than the millions of dollars made in a five millisecond advantage over a competitor.

PRAYER: We foolishly think we have time for leisure, Lord.  Help us understand the times in which we live and how to redeem this present age for you!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 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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