The giving of gift cards as presents might seem like the lazy, “man” way of buying gifts. But I have found that gift cards are usually greatly appreciated because it offers the opportunity for the recipient to spend the card for what is truly needed and when it is needed. I know I am truly grateful when I receive a gift card from someone.
However, gift cards often come with expiration dates. Companies are quite happy to sell gift cards because they know that many of those cards will never be used, and that is just money in the bank for them. People may put them in their wallets, fully intending to use them, but forget about them until it is too late to spend them. A card may be worth $100 one day, and the next day turn into a worthless piece of plastic.
Mike Silva compares God's gift of forgiveness to a gift card, which is more valuable than anything we can imagine. He paid for it with His Son's life. He holds it out for us to take and to use. But if we don't accept that gift and choose to use it, it is of no value to us.
Most people who are reading this right now have already made the decision to accept God's gift of redemption. But perhaps there is someone who has yet to “redeem” their gift card. Or perhaps there is someone you know that needs to be offered the gift. As God's representative, give that person the card and encourage them to use it. One day it will be too late. What a tragedy it would be to waste the greatest gift ever offered, bought with the greatest price ever paid.
With love, Pastor Scott