Saturday was a day of redemption for Shirley and me. We started by traveling to Hampton to exchange a shrub. We had bought several bushes to plant in front of our garage this past spring and one didn't thrive over the summer. The nursery agreed to exchange for a healthy plant that matched the remaining ones in size. On the way home we stopped for lunch at a franchise Italian restaurant because I'd been given a gift card for my birthday. It was fun to have lunch and see the cost covered by that gift. Later in the evening we took in a movie and used a movie gift card that we'd received this past Christmas and after the film we stopped by the local frozen yogurt shop for a treat that was, once again, covered by a gift certificate Shirley had received on her birthday. It wasn't that these things were free...it was that they had been paid for by others...covered from past payments. And most of them were gifts from loved ones. They were gifts that gave us freedom of choice, to exercise them when we were ready. Naturally I think of the parallel with the great gift God has made of Himself. He placed the payment for a close relationship with us, not on a gift card, but on His Son. When we place our trust...our faith...we unlock the blessing of this gift. The love behind the gift cards we used on Saturday was like the love of our Father in Heaven. He waits for us behind the redemption He has placed in His Son for you and for me to accept the greatest gift of all.
Romans 4:16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.