Imperfect Sale Items

August 25, 2018
by Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah)

1 Peter 1:18-19 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (KJV)

Just recently, I received an email from a well-known Christian establishment. The email subject read, "Slightly Imperfect Gift Sale". The items had minor chips or scratches that caused them to fall short of perfection.

It got me to thinking about how far we humans fall short of perfection, yet, in order to receive the precious gift of salvation, there are no special criteria that we have to meet and no molds that we have to fit into.

We are eligible simply because we are sinners. Human beings were originally created perfectly by the Creator Himself. Through the fall of sin, all the rest of us became imperfect. But to God, our value was not diminished.

Just think: our perfect God did not auction us off or reduce our value to Himself. Instead, He paid the highest price that He could to redeem us from sin: He gave His very own life!

The more that I thought about the imperfect gift sale items email, the more humbled that I was. My salvation means everything to me. I am so grateful for it.

Thoughts of love, thankfulness, and appreciation sprang up in me, and are best expressed, I believe, in the following poem:

    Created in perfection
    Sin had now crept in
    But we were still
    His prized possession
    We meant the world to Him

    Jesus was not seeking
    The rich, the qualified
    For whosoever will He came
    When on the cross He died

    We were not auctioned off
    Or our price reduced by sale
    Jesus paid the highest price
    Still bears it in His body
    The scars from all the nails

    So unlike my recent email
    Imperfect gifts reduced in price
    We meant so much to Jesus
    He willingly laid down His life

Psalm 8:1a – O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (KJV)

1 Timothy 1:17 – Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)

Prayer: Lord, our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and praise when we think about how much You love us and care for us, and how much You sacrificed on our behalf. Amen.

About the author:

Cheryl Mariano (Cheremiah) <cherylmariano@gmail.com>
Chandler, Arizona, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Cheremiah, for a good word today.


    Amen! Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!


    Hi Cheryl;
    Love the poem.


    Thanks for a great word today Cheryl.
    Blessings.


    Your poem was wonderful and I shared it with my sister who struggles for perfection.


    Thank you!
    Your devotion is so inspiring. We serve an awesome God!


    Yes, Cheryl, as the old hymn states, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe….” Thanks for writing. Blessings.


    Dear Cheremiah,
    Such a true and reassuring devotional.
    Keep writing,


    Hi Cheryl,
    Thank you for your devotional this morning, I can’t really add anything to it, you said it all.
    Blessings.


    Hello Cheryl
    It is amazing how Jesus paid the price for us when I think of what my life used to be like. Nice poem also.
    God bless.


    Wonderful poem!


    Amen Cheremiah. I love God’s insight and truth you share. May God who lives in you be glorified!

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