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New or used?
January 9, 2012
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

In our culture, we are often blessed with the option of buying something new or used. For most of us, I would think price would generally dictate the choice.

I am one who not only winds up buying used, but sometimes I prefer broken! Why? Well, the price is appealing, and some “goofy” people actually enjoy fixing things and experiencing the reward of an item that functions well at a fraction of the price.

Recently, after encountering a number of mechanical issues with a used item that I hadn’t planned on, I found myself thinking that it might be (now, I’m not saying for sure) kind of fun to just buy something new that I didn’t need to work on. Then, I was brought back to reality, when I realized I probably wouldn’t be willing to pay the price.

When I think about the new year that is upon us, I think of how we all have the opportunity to start every day new. Our lives have regrets, sin, blown engines – oops, I mean blown opportunities – but because of a Savior coming to earth at Christmas, we can be forgiven of our sin, washed clean in the blood of Jesus, and given a new life. (II Corinthians 5:17)

And yes, this new life is costly, but the good news is that the price has been paid in full by God! You are of so much value to Him, that He didn’t hesitate to invest heavily in purchasing you.

Ephesians 1:7 reminds us, “We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”

As you begin this new year, splurge!! Take God at His Word, that He has given you Christ. Trust His promises and enjoy a new life every day. As you trust in Him, you will be ready when the trumpet sounds.