Recently an unidentified man in Washington, D.C., was apparently dumping his trash down a trash chute while holding his cell phone. But the phone slipped out of his hand, so he bent over to look for it. But he leaned a bit too far and fell down the chute. The good news is that he found a phone—probably his own—and called the authorities from inside the trash chute. At 3:00 a.m. Firefighters came, pumped fresh air down the chute, and used a harness to pull the man to safety. They said the man was uninjured.
One might ask whether the phone was worth all that trouble. How much is a phone worth, anyway? And would the man have reached for it if he had known he would fall down the chute?
Jesus told a parable about a man who lost a sheep (Luke 15:3-7). Even though he had ninety-nine other sheep, he left them and went searching for the one that had strayed. The good news is that he found the lost sheep, but we might ask what kinds of dangers and risks he faced along the way. Was the sheep really worth all that trouble?
The Bible also tells us about a God who created humans “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). However, they turned out to be troublesome, to say the least, and strayed in all kinds of directions. So He sent His Son into the world to search for them and bring them back into proper relationship with Himself (Luke 19:10). The good news is that He completed His task (John 17:4), but it cost Him His life in the process (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).
Was it worth it? Even after we’ve been reconciled to God we can still be difficult, as you’ve probably noticed. But He considers you to be worth the trouble and expense involved. Does your life show gratitude for His sacrifice?
Dr. Paul Ratzlaff 9.24.2017