September 30, 2019

For Me?

Devotion for the Week...

Every year on Christmas Eve, we watch the Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol (in black and white, thank you, not the colorized version) and, for some reason, a line from that has been playing through my mind lately. I know, we're not even into October yet, but this isn't actually a Christmas message, so just bear with me 😊

Near the end of the movie, after Scrooge has met with the three Christmas ghosts and realized the error of his ways, there's a scene with Mrs. Dilbert, who refers to herself earlier in the movie as 'the chow lady.' In this particular scene, she runs screaming from Scrooge because he seems to her to have gone completely mad and he catches up to her on the stairs and calms her down. He then gives her a guinea (which was worth 1 pound and one shilling according to Google). When Scrooge explains that it's a Christmas present, she says in wonder, "A Christmas present? For me?"

It was the "For me?" that has been going through my mind lately, along with her wide-eyed expression of wonder.

There are many people who think that God doesn't want them because of their pasts...or because they've been told so often that they're unlovable they now believe it...or because they feel too insignificant to be worthy of God's attention. There are probably any number of other reasons, too, but the truth is that God does want each and every one of us. Not only that, but Jesus came to offer salvation to each and every one of us.

Romans 5:8 says, "God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." Not only for the people who were trying their best to be good enough. Not just for the ones who had their lives straightened out. And certainly not only for the people who thought they were good enough (in fact, they were the ones Jesus spoke most harshly of while He was on the earth). For us.

Who fits into this us Paul writes about? Everyone. There is no one left out. Jesus came to offer salvation to everyone. It's our choice whether or not we accept it, but the offer is available to everyone without restriction. "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Have you ever heard that God offers salvation to anyone who believes in Jesus, but wondered, "For me?" I say a resounding YES, FOR YOU!
God says you are worthy |
Background is my Night Sky quilt.
No matter what your past looks like. No matter what people have said about you. No matter what you have done or what has been done to you or what you think of your own worth. God says you are worthy and He sent Jesus so that He could have a relationship with you.

This offer of salvation is for anyone and everyone. Above all else, it is for you.


  1. If I was the ONLY one that needed a Saviour, Jesus would have died - for me...! That's the BEST news ever!


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