If you are like me and your family is like my family, then at Christmas time and birthdays you usually get a few gift cards. I actually prefer them to most gifts because I can use them when I want and on things that I want. I know I get particularly excited about gift cards to my favorite outdoor stores (Bass Pro, Dicks and Cabelas, just in case you were wondering!). This year my parents got me a gift card for Sears… I couldn’t tell you the last time I bought something in Sears! Oh well, maybe I can buy some tools to use on the hunting property! (I am grateful for the gift, don’t get me wrong.)

When I used to work in a sporting goods store, the company had a policy of sending in secret shoppers to rate the employees’ selling skills. If an employee scored a 90 or better, then the employee earned a $25 gift certificate to the store. In the 4 plus years that I worked there, I know I took home more than $700 in free merchandise from these gift certificates. I loved that program!

Thinking about those gift cards or gift certificates… they each have a redemptive value on them. When you go to the store, you know how much that card is worth. You know how much you can spend. Without adding your own cash to the purchase, you are limited to what the card’s value is.

Have you ever thought about what your “redemptive value” is? What someone would be willing to pay for you? If you are like most guys, you may struggle with your own personal value at times. You look at your job and realize that just about anybody can do what you do. Sometimes you get home from work and your family barely notices or maybe you don’t even have a family. You may think that no one would be willing to pay a penny for you!

Well, my friend, I have good news for you! Someone already has paid a tremendous amount for you. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son…” John 3:16 tells us. Most everyone reading this post is familiar with that Scripture but have you recently dove into it and really thought about its meaning in your life today?

If we are to know our redemptive value, we need to know what we are being redeemed from. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” Your wages for your life here on earth is death. Wages are given in exchange for something you have done. In this case it is our sinful nature. Thank goodness Romans 6:23 doesn’t stop there though… “but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord!” Christ stepped up and said, “I will accept his wages… he doesn’t have to die!”

So, what is your redemptive value? What would someone be willing to pay for you? God answered that by giving us His Son, Jesus Christ.  You are worth that much to Him!

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