A God is Bigger Than…Devotional
by Karen Tripp MS Speaker, Author, Counselor
Last week we sold our 1998 Isuzu Rodeo on Craig’s list. The car left our care with such features as a dented bumper, broken taillight and some mystery fluid dripping from the front end. Craig’s list is this amazing website where you can buy or sell practically anything. The toughest part about the listing process was deciding on a price. How much is a really used Isuzu Rodeo actually worth?
The answer is- what ever someone will pay for it. I can say it’s worth a million dollars but if I can only sell it for ten dollars, it’s really only worth 10 dollars. It’s difficult when we let someone else decide the value of something important in our lives.
Think for a minute about the value of the important things in your life. Take your faith. The cost of Jesus paying for your sins is priceless. We understand this as believers but it’s much harder for unbelievers to understand the pricelessness of Christ. But actually, it’s difficult to understand any priceless gift, especially if it’s undeserved.
Let’s say that someone you barely know gives you an extravagant gift and you decide to share the joy of this gift with others. It might go like this:
“Hey look, I got this priceless gift.”
“Really, who did you get it from?”
“A guy I’m just now getting to know.”
“What did you do to deserve the gift?
“Why did He give it to you?”
“Because He thinks I’m worth it.”
“You know, this is pretty hard to believe.”
“Well, I have great news. He wants to give you a priceless gift too!”
People are skeptical of priceless gifts. They may bring up Christians acting unchrist-like or all the suffering in the world. How do their doubt impact your faith? Will you let another person’s views decide the value of your faith?
Most of us would say “no, of course not,” And yet…if we believe in the value of our faith, why aren’t we sharing it with others? Are we afraid of other people’s doubts? People say they don’t talk about their faith because they don’t know what to say but I think it’s more that they don’t know what to think if they’re rejected.
Talking to unbelievers challenges our faith. As Christians we know there is evil in the world, we know there are Christians that embarrass us and we know Christ doesn’t promise a life without suffering and yet we still believe. But when these issues come out of someone else’s mouth, especially someone we love, we have to refortify ourselves in our beliefs. We have to remember that we know the price that was paid for us on the cross whether they understand it or not.
Don’t put your faith out on Craig’s List where the highest bidder sets the price. The grace Christ bought you on the cross is truly priceless whether everyone agrees with you or no one at all.