Sunday, December 5, 2010

Advent Conspiracy Devotional: Sunday, December 5th

Scripture: Isaiah 55:1
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Reflection: ‘Money makes the world go round’ is one of those clichéd phrases that is also true.  No matter what we would like to think or pretend, there is just no avoiding the truth that we need money. 
            We need money to provide for our basic necessities: food, clothing, shelter, transportation.  We need money to get many of the things that we want: a (nice) car, entertainment, etc.  If the world of advertizing and our culture are to be believed, we need money – and lots of it – to have friends, have fun and to be happy. 
            But the eternal salvation of Jesus Christ is not something we can buy – or even earn.  The transformed and whole life that is found in relationship with God cannot be bought.  It is, in fact, priceless. 
            God offers to us that which we are incapable of obtaining on our own and something greater and more valuable than all of our possessions put together: a saving connection to and relationship with Jesus Christ. 
Question:  When have you tried to ‘buy’ happiness or fulfillment?  Were you disappointed with the results?  

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