For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
The unknown lady showed up at a recycling center in California's Silicon Valley.
She was carrying some boxes filled with computer parts. She said her husband had died and she wanted "to get rid of this stuff and clean up my garage." When asked if she wanted a receipt, she said, "No, I don't need anything."
With that she was on her way.
Now you can move the calendar ahead a few weeks and see the folks at the recycling center opening her boxes. The folks looking at these old computers from another era had the common sense to realize this lady's boxes contained an Apple I computer.
Assuming you don't work at a Silicon Valley computer recycling center, you may not know that there were only 200 of these first-generation computers assembled in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne.
That means the lady's computer is worth a lot of money.
Indeed, the recycling center sold the computer to a collector for $200,000. It is the company's policy to split the money 50-50 with the original owner. That's why the company is looking for this lady. They want to give her $100,000.
I would love to be there when they let her know her junk was incredibly valuable.
Over the years, I have seen a great many people walk away from the Savior. They did so not knowing that He was incredibly valuable to them.
Truth be told, they walked away for any number of reasons.
* Some thought the Lord had let them down in a crisis.
* Others felt that being saved by faith in Christ alone was unacceptable.
* There have been those who were perturbed at some fellow believers, and
* others who held the Savior's story of salvation was a fairy tale, which should be reserved for little children.
Whatever the reason, they have walked away from the Savior. They have turned their backs on the blood-bought salvation that Jesus lived, died and rose to give them.
They have left behind something terribly valuable.
Now it is our job to try and find them -- to let them know how poor they are without the Savior by their side. It is our pleasurable duty to help them see that in Jesus they are rich. No, maybe they're not rich in dollars and cents, but with the forgiveness faith gives, they are tremendously wealthy spiritually and eternally.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, Jesus' life was a great price paid for my salvation. May I always value Him and be eager to speak about Him to those who have walked away from Him. In His Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries