By Dewey Compton
I found a couple gift cards the other day that I had received for my birthday. I knew they from years ago because they were from Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops. I had not redeemed them because I had not been active as I used to be in my hobby of fly-fishing. So, I wondered if they were expired or still good? After all these years, they were still activated with credit.
What if the Kingdom of Heaven has gift cards we can receive and redeem and they never expire? Well as it turns out, Heaven does!
Think about how gift cards work. Someone who cares about you goes to a store, finds the card for you, and purchases credit to put on the card. Then, they give you the card as a gift. The card though is not really the gift. It simply gives you access to the true gift when you are ready to redeem the card. So, you are given access to a gift you did not earn nor purchase. But it’s yours. That’s pretty cool, right?
Is the Kingdom any different? When Jesus died on the cross, the scriptures say this:
He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:14
What if the good news of the gospel was explained like this: By His death and resurrection, Jesus has purchased a Kingdom gift card for everybody on the planet. All you have to do is acknowledge it, receive it and redeem it. You see, the good news of the gospel is NOT that we invite Jesus into our lives. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus invites us into His life. He is saying, “come to me and redeem your gifts.”
Many have redeemed the gift of salvation. But what if there is more?
Do you want freedom? He came to set the captives free. There’s a card for that. Oh, what about joy, lots of those cards on the rack in Heaven. Need some peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? There are gift cards for all these and much more.
All you have to do is have a conversation with Jesus because He wants to have a relationship with you and give you some gift cards to redeem. It’s not a formula, or a method, or a performance thing. It is a relationship thing with the gift giver. It is really that simple. If you think it’s difficult, ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Read about the gifts and the gift-giver in his incredible Word. He wants to lead you to the Gift giver Himself.
So why wait to redeem those gifts Jesus is wanting to give you? Don’t you want to be like that little child and rip the paper to shreds to unwrap that special gift from Jesus?