And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
The man had made a fortune. Now, he wanted to increase that fortune by buying some land in a marsh area of Manhattan. He did so, and one day took his son out to inspect the new property. The son was amazed to see that the tract was little more than a swamp and had no value at all. The father, buying for property for the future, saw the property in a completely different way. He saw what the land would become someday.
That's what our Lord did for us when He sent His Son into the world to save us. Anybody else might only have seen us as worthless sinners, worthy of being ignored. God, wanting to build His kingdom, saw us for what we could become...people saved and living their lives freely in His compassion and grace. The question that remains unanswered is, "What are you worth?" You know the price God paid. You know how highly He values you. Have you been growing in worth as the years have gone on, or are you decreasing?
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for paying the ultimate price for me when You sacrificed Your Son. You saw the value in me and what I could become—a person saved and living my life freely in Your compassion and grace. I rejoice in Your grace that abounds in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries