Last updated: July 31. 2014 5:30PM - 117 Views
By Pastor Thad Gifford Contributing Columnist

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It broke.

Yep. It broke. Remember last week, I told you I needed to buy a new string trimmer for lawn work around the house and I had spent quite some time in a garden store looking for the right one? I had narrowed the decision down to two models, and finally chose one based upon it’s 5-year warranty. I thought if something is guaranteed for five years, it has to be OK, right?

Not necessarily.

I had not completed even half of the trimming needed around our house and the thing quit. It just quit. No sputtering. No smoke. No advanced warning of any kind. It just quit. Dead. Nothing. Nada. Could not make it work and could not get it started again.

I came real close to saying a few choice words but the best I could do was, “Are you serious?” All the time I had spent looking and considering and then finally choosing because the company put out a 5-year warranty compared to the other company’s 3-year warranty. And then I got it home and used it for about 30 minutes and it quit on me.

Well, I finished the yard work as best as I could and put everything in the box that it came in and took it back the very next day. The assistant manager told me she had never seen one of these come back before and before I could reply, another guy walked through their door with the exact model string trimmer I was returning and I said something like “It quit on you, didn’t it?” to which he replied, “Yep. I used it for about half an hour and it just quit on me.” None of us could believe what we had just seen. I was given a store credit, and went back and picked out a string trimmer and went home. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but here’s hoping it works for a very long time.

Last week, I talked about God’s guarantee to us concerning Heaven. While I was thinking about His guarantee, a verse came to my mind which I believe is “the” very guarantee that He made to us. To everyone who believes (in their heart because there is a difference between head belief and heart belief) the Bible says to them, God gives them the ability to become Sons of God. In other words, what Jesus did on the cross in paying for our sin debt, allows us to go to Heaven if we accept Jesus as our Savior and stop trying to get to Heaven based upon what we do.

The old song says, “Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” When someone gives you a gift, in order for it to really belong to you, you have to accept it. Salvation is a free gift, but you have to accept it by reaching out and asking for and then literally taking it. Then and only then, does eternal life (salvation) belong to you. And the “guarantee” in God’s Word is found in John 3:16 where the Bible says, “For God so loved the world (put your name there) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

That is the guarantee of all guarantees.

And that is Something To Think About for this week.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at (740) 852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com.

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