Worth the price

Aug. 4, 2008

Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

On our way back from up north after Memorial Day, we stopped in St. Cloud at a salvage place.

Oh, did the wheels start turning in my mind! I don’t know why I like to fix things up (I guess it’s how I’m wired). I especially enjoy fixing things that I could never afford if new, but when damaged, come down into my price range.

There was a grand-daddy skid loader for sale at the salvage place that was burned. This machine had tracks (well, one track – the other one was burned off). I thought a little over $1,000 would fix that.

I took all the information on the model number and hit the Internet when we got home. I found out the new price was about $60,000!

This machine would lift almost two tons. Because of the wide tracks, it could walk across swamps (not quite walk on water!). I knew the price of all the sensors and electronics in the cab and on the engine would be very costly, but the purchase price of $4,000 was a long way from $60,000.

The next day, I started to do some research and eventually found out that a radiator would be $2,000, a track would be $3,000, and a couple of valves would total $3,000. My bargain was quickly slipping through my fingers as the floodgates opened on buying new parts, and there were no used parts available for this machine.

But, oh, how tough it was to get that powerful machine off my mind! I could buy the burned item, but I could not afford to fix it up!

I then started thinking about my own sin problem. I compared how God must have seen me, much like that burned machine – burned black and of no use. The price to reclaim me would require a huge investment. It was not dollars, but the life-blood of His own Son.

When God looks at us in our sin, it is so amazing to me that He was willing to make the purchase, though the cost of making us new would be so great. No wonder that John wrote it like this: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God.” (1 John 3:1)

Peter adds in 1 Peter 1:18-19, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from our forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

Oh, does God see value in you! I couldn’t make the purchase of that machine because I was not willing to spend that amount of money, but when God looked at you, He did not hesitate! He made the purchase!

He is still salvaging burned, wrecked lives and restoring them in a relationship with Christ. Let the Lord start His work on you. Dig into the New Testament of the Bible, and He will begin the cleanup.