Seeing the Price Tag
Every day takes us closer to Christmas for 2010. Many celebrate by going out shopping, looking for the ‘perfect’ gift.Â To some it’s a thrilling hunt with weapons like coupons and sale ads as they try to get the best deal possible.
They hope to see that look of joy on the recipient’s face when they open up the handpicked token of their love. Most people would be horrified if the price tag was still on there (although I have known a few people who want to leave it on so the receiver knows how much the giver spent).
All this has me thinking about life and the price paid for my freedom from sin and death.
7 No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for themâ€”
8 the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enoughâ€”
9 so that they should live on forever
and not see decay. (Psalm 49)
God did what we could not–He redeemed our lives and paid the ransom. He certainly doesn’t throw the price tag in our faces, but we can see it if we want. We look no further than a lowly manger, a surrendered life and ministry, followed up by a shameful death on a cross.
Innocent blood was shed for me. A blameless life was cut short for me. Then triumphantly, a glorified Lord rose for me. Well, me and anyone who would believe, of course (but it is personal).
Jesus didn’t come when He did because there was a discounted rate on salvation and the restoration of relationship. There were no coupons or sales. He paid the full price and we need to see that.
18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,Â 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.Â (1 Peter 1)
Every gift I receive this year will have been bought with perishable money, but my life was bought with something infinitely more precious. I won’t forget to look at the price tag. It cost Him everything, but I don’t have to live an empty life any longer. I have purpose and destiny–intimacy with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I am thankful and it reminds me that freely I’ve received so freely I must give. Â When I question why I would give again, go again, stand again, love again–I know it’s time to look at the price tag again.
Have you looked at the price tag recently? What does it spark inside you?