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Worth The Investment
6/14/2018

But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

I was attempting to print a message one day when my computer notified me of a low ink level in my printer.  I had to go out for some supplies, so I picked up some more toner and installed it, only to find my printer still didn’t work. After a quick call to my son-in-law — who is very gifted with computer gadgets — he came by to check out the problem.  After what seemed like an hour of toiling with the printer he told me, “I don’t know what it is, I think you’re going to need a new printer.”  I inquired about sending it in to be fixed, but he said, “It won’t be worth it, the labor will exceed the cost of a new printer.”

As I thought about this I have to admit I was a little frustrated — after all, I had just purchased this printer less than a year ago, and it seems as though I do this often.  It’s not just printers though, as just about everything has a seemingly faster diminishing shelf-life, and replacing things in lieu of repairing them is readily accepted these days.  Whatever happened to the days when you could find a qualified and affordable repairman to fix just about anything?

Now I understand the concept of, “Time is money” — and in this situation with my printer it probably wouldn’t be worth paying someone $60 an hour to attempt to fix the problem, but what I am seeing in our culture is this same cost/value philosophy seems to be spilling into other areas of our lives.  All too often people are deciding to get rid of something and replace it rather than taking the time to work through the difficult issues by seeking God’s will, guidance, and help. And unfortunately, many times the things being abandoned are relationships and marriages.

I think for those who profess to follow Christ, it is important to seek His examples and His will within the pages of Scripture if we are going to make good and wise choices.  It really isn’t just about dollars and cents, it’s about our integrity of doing what is right and pleasing to our Lord. Jesus took His time to meet with sinners —  to love them unconditionally, and to speak into their lives.  He came to help people be restored unto God, and He was willing to do whatever was needed no matter what it cost Him.  Shouldn’t we — as imitators of God (Eph. 5:1) — be willing to do the same?

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Don’t grow weary of doing what you know to be right (cf. Gal. 6:9).  And if you find yourself getting weary, turn to the One who is willing to invest into you and bring about restoration — The Master Repairman, Jesus Christ. 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional, what could we learn about our being restored?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to abide in what you know to be right?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to seek the Lord’s will for every relationship you are involved in.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for investing into my life. Thank You for not viewing me as disposable, but for taking the time to do what is best for me.  Help me to see Your will for my life with regards to my relationship with others.  Father, if these are unhealthy, or ungodly, please give me the strength to follow Your Word.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott 

 

 

 


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