As many turn their thoughts toward the Christmas season, the remembrance of Christ’s birth, I want to remind you that this ministry exists because of the coming of Jesus into this world. Without Him, we would have no message to proclaim and no reason to have a passion to equip evangelists, church planters and church leaders.
But let’s go back to the very beginning. Peter reminds believers who were in exile, how to conduct themselves during difficult times by “knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you” (1 Peter 1:18–20). The plan of God to “ransom” (freely paid to buy us back) from the bondage and wages of sin, was planned “before the foundation of the world”! The plan was not a cheap plan. God was going to expend what had the highest value – HIS SON! The marvel of His plan was that it was set and ready to implement even before sin made the plan necessary. The knowledge of this is priceless!
It is no wonder that Paul says, “We have this treasure in jars of clay” – in you and me (2 Corinthians 4:7). If God’s plan included His best, and we who are in Christ have the treasure of this gift in us, why not give it away as freely as God has given it to us? Christmas lights, decorations, and presents will have a very short life, but the treasure of the message of salvation through Christ is eternal! Which will you give to someone this year who has never heard?
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