My phone focus on my Facebook was rudely interrupted by a banging next to my face on the window of the train car in which I was traveling. It was by a young man who had just disembarked. He was frantically pointing to another person in the train. I looked in the direction where he was pointing and quickly the dilemma was evident. There was a woman holding up a white iPhone as the train pulled away. She had found his phone but the train doors had shut and the train was leaving the station.
How did he lose his phone you may ask? Well, minutes before he made a wardrobe change on the train and the phone had apparently fallen out. We made hand gestures that he should call the phone and plans can be made to meet and return it. However, it became evident soon that this would be a challenge. The woman who found the phone did not speak English, and so when the call came she turned to two friends to help her with the conversation. The friends were also not proficient in English either and kept passing the phone around like a hot potato. They were however dedicated to returning the phone but did not trust any other passengers to help. The drama was deepened by the frequent dropped calls traveling underground. Finally one of the friends was able to utter the phrase—Fort Totten! The affirmative nodding of her head and the growing smile across her face indicated that this traveling drama would soon end in welcomed relief for all parties.
Just think how vital our phones have become in our lives that we are willing to pay big bucks for a device and pay a monthly insurance to guarantee minimum disruption. However, when we reflect on our worth to God, the comparison is not even close. First, God considers us priceless! Even non-believers like David Thoreau can recognize this elegantly when he stated, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” Yes, God considered us that precious that He gave His life through Jesus to redeem us. He also did more than this. He established a warranty through His steadfast promises. Promises such as:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God knows the power of a promise to give us certainty to shape our lives. The record of His faithfulness to His promises puts a solid foundation to our Christian hope.
I understand clearly when my heart bursts out in song like My Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness.
He calls us to a commitment that will beat any warranty from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon. He places a priceless value on you and me! He knows the language of each heart, and is not bounded by human limitations to deliver. Our wise choice is to choose Him today and experience a life of eternal commitment!
by Chris Daley