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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"An Unlimited Offer"

March 1, 2004

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Today's Reading: John 3:16-36 & Psalm 33

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The advertising industry has a gimmick for grabbing my attention and yours. How many times have you heard “this is a limited offer”? Or “limited to the first 15 callers” Or “available only as long as supplies last”? Well, not so for our friend Nicodemus.

Nicodemus is a searcher and, yes, he is searching for God. No unbeliever, he simply desires to know more about God. Not unlike us, is he? We know God, but we want to know more about God.

Our Lord presents Nicodemus—and us—with an unlimited offer in what is probably the most-quoted and most-loved verse from Holy Scripture: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Note those two “unlimited” words. World. Whoever.

Our world and our life are loaded with limits. Limited time. Limited resources. Limited finances. Limited opportunities. But here comes God with an unlimited offer—His love! For whom? The world! Again, for whom? Whoever!

Nicodemus came searching for God. He received not only an unexpected answer, but an unlimited offer. He made the discovery I pray you have made. You don’t have to search for God—He already has found you! He has found you…and He has an unconditional, unlimited offer for you.

Prayer
Almighty God, enlighten our minds and kindle in us strong faith in the redeeming work of our Savior, so that we may number among those in Your kingdom, by the power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Response
Slowly and carefully pray the words of John 3:16. What does God's “unlimited offer” mean to you?

Today's Bible Readings: Leviticus 13    Mark 7:14-37

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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