Have you ever had something you have been wanting to get fixed, and after putting it off and putting it off you finally took the time to take it in for repair? Today was that experience for me. The corresponding story makes for a great blog. I am glad I decided to go.
My wife and I were married on Friday, December the 13th, 2002. That was a great day! Accordingly, we had a Christmas-themed wedding. It snowed on our wedding day, my mother-in-law was involved in a car accident that day, and did I mention the weather was horrible? However, none of that has adversely affected our marriage!
Christmas was not very many days away, and I will never forget what my wife bought me. She bought me a newly printed book from Crown Christian Publications entitled, “The Shadow of the Broad Brim,” a snappy necktie and a beautiful pair of gold-plaited presidential seal cufflinks! That made me want to marry her all over again!
Needless to say, the book found a cozy spot on my bookshelves, the tie has since been worn and re-worn by others, but the cufflinks were most-often used. As a matter of fact, due to use, one of the heads broke off one of the cufflinks. I put them in my chest and wanted to get them fixed. So, today was the day. I took them into the jewelry store and made my case.
I said, “My wife bought these for me several years ago, and I would like you to fix them. I did not want to do try to do it myself and make a royal mess of them.” The fellow looked at them for a brief moment and said, “The way they were constructed…the condition they are in…I really cannot help you.” Plus, in accordance with the information he had given me in relation to their construction, I agreed that not much could be done.
But then he said, “Yeah, they were originally a fairly cheap pair anyway. We sell very nice ones here if you would like to take a look at them. They may be valuable to you, but they are virtually worthless.” Needless to say, that comment got me thinking. Besides the man’s lack of common decency and tact, he made a great point. You see, the cufflinks held little value to him for two reasons.
First of all, they were valueless because he did not know who bought them. You see, what gives them value to me is the one who bought them for me. They could be gold-plaited, silver-plaited, or crayon-plaited and still hold the same value to me. I know the one who bought them. My dear wife gave those to me.
You see, my salvation in Jesus Christ is so precious. I would not take anything in the world for it. It may seem petty to some; it might appear puny to others; it might seem perfectly abhorrent to some, but it means the world to me- I know the One who purchased it. The Bible says, And that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures (I Cor. 15:3). What lends value to being a Christian is a personal relationship to the One who gave His life’s blood for our redemption!
Finally, there was another reason why the cufflinks held no value to him; he does not realize the great price paid to purchase them for me. The original purchase price may not be much to some, but back in those days, that was quite a lot of money. I can still remember the price paid to buy them.
If you are saved and on your way to Heaven, you were purchased with the precious blood of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Word of God says, Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:18-19).
What makes Christianity so wonderful is knowing the One who purchased our salvation and at what expense it cost God’s Son. The Bible says, Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: (1 Peter 2:6-7).