God Wants Some Bargain Hunters
I recently heard a story about one of my wife’s daughters. Years ago she was shopping at Value Village in Portland, Oregon. There were some great specials on all kinds of items in the store. True to her self-admitted confession of being of an “excessive” nature, she just “could not resist” all the bargains.
Her shopping cart was filled so high you could hardly see her as she pushed her treasures to the check-out stand. We were all laughing along with her at the scenario of which it is easy for most all of us to indulge.
Everybody wants to get a good bargain, and if we do not exercise a good amount of discipline, we can get lots of “bargains” of stuff we do not really need. We might spend a hundred dollars in order to save ten on stuff that will just sit around to be in the big yard sale next year.
There is one kind of “bargain” or “benefit” with which the Lord wants us to have our cart loaded daily. These are the gifts of grace and power and the ministry gifts that are given through the agency of the Holy Spirit working in the believers. These are given so that “the Lord God might dwell among them” (Psalms 68:18,19).
This passage in Psalms was quoted by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians explaining the operation and results of these gifts operating (Ephesians 4:6-16). And, he commended the Corinthians for having an abundance of these gifts operating so that they were making themselves ready for the return of the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:4-9).
There are an abundance of “benefits” or “bargains” for the believer. The Lord Jesus has already paid the purchase price for them all – the only price the believer must pay is to give their fears, pride, and lack of understanding to the Lord as they step out in faith to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. When this happens you take ownership of the gifts that have been purchased for you, and God can work through you to “dwell among them”, to meet the needs of others around you with the word and presence of God himself.
For this to happen we must go beyond just window shopping. As long as we do that, the move of God is stifled. We must pay attention and see the bargains and not be bashful to load our cart with everything we can. In this Thanksgiving season, we not only can be thankful for the abundance of food and natural provisions from the Lord, but we can see the supernatural provisions with which God has “loaded” us and be very thankful for that also.
Jackie Calhoun is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org