Guarantees and Promises

During my time at college, I took several art classes. One of these classes, 2D Design, was easy enough that several times we just ended up conversing with each other over our projects. Two of the guys, Daniel and Sam, apparently worked at competing sandwich stores. Daniel worked at Subway, and Sam worked as a delivery boy for Jimmy John’s. Daniel was a pretty laid back guy, but Sam showed he could get irritated if pushed too far.

One of the phrases Sam stubbornly used over and over to show the superiority of Jimmy Johns over Subway was “Guaranteed delivery in 5 minutes in a 5 minute radius.” Daniel and I couldn’t stop laughing at the last part. We hoped they would be able to make it in 5 minutes in a 5 minute radius.

What Jimmy Johns was doing was making sure they could fulfill their guarantee, so they didn’t promise more than they knew they could for sure deliver on.

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Guarantee: 

an assurance for the fulfillment of a condition: as

a :  an agreement by which one person undertakes to secure another in the possession or enjoyment of something

b :  an assurance of the quality of or of the length of use to be expected from a product offered for sale often with a promise of reimbursement

God gives us several promises in His word. In Deuteronomy 31:8, God promises that He will never fail us. He will never leave us. We may try to leave His presence, but He is omnipresent. There is no place on earth (or in space!) that we cannot go to truly get away from Him.

The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” NASB

In 1st John, God promises to forgive us our sins. If we confess, He is faithful to forgive and cleanse us from our unrighteousness. We don’t need to worry about being rejected when we humble ourselves and confess what we did and ask for forgiveness, He will follow through to “forgive and forget”.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  NASB

Now for my favorite promise: John 3:16.

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” NASB

If we believe. If we only believe in God, recognize His all-powerful, omnipresent, righteous majesty, and admit that we are sinners, that we deserve the punishment that His Son took on for us, we will have eternal life in heaven, with Him. That’s the best promise of all. We know where we’re going after we die. We know who we will be with. We know for certain, because God gave us this promise.

And God keeps His promises.

Promise: 

  • a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future

  • a reason to expect that something will happen in the future. 

What’s your favorite promise from God? 

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Treasures in Heaven

One of my weekly chores to accomplish is laundry. This week I managed to get most of it done on my day off, but I ended up finishing this morning. As I was folding my clothes, I came across a huge orange t-shirt. I’ve had this orange t-shirt for awhile. I received it my first summer working at Royal Ridges Retreat. I was a size small at the time, but the only sizes they had left for staff shirts at the time was a large. It was like a tunic on me at the time, and only slightly less so now.

At the end of my time working there, the girls who were camping that week decided that it would be fun to leave messages on each other’s shirts, and soon got some of the staff involved as well. I thought it was a nice souvenir of my time there that summer, so I joined in. The girls and almost each of the staff ended up writing something on the back of my huge orange t-shirt, and I returned the favor to many of them.

Almost all of the message were fun “I’ll miss you!”s and “We had fun!”s. Several of them referenced an inside joke that had gone around that week. Each of them made me smile. Fun little phrases with no real deep meaning. Except for two different messages from two of the older staff members.

After I went home, I had to wash all the clothes I had brought from camp. The first wash did nothing to the messages, and I wore a few times in the days to come. It went through the wash several times. I don’t know when exactly it happened, but eventually, all those meaningless messages faded away and only those two remained.

Message One:

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Message Two: 20160126_115214

Every time I do laundry, this shirt makes me chuckle at what I conceive to be the irony of the meaningful messages lasting for now over 3 years while the others have long since faded away.

Matthew 6:19-21; NASB

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I memorized this passage of scripture during one of my years participating in AWANA. Putting too much stock in those things like clothes, jewelry, cars, even money, won’t last in the long run. These things don’t travel with you to the other side.

Following God’s Word, doing good deeds for others, taking care of widows and orphans, reading scripture daily and learning truth from His Word, these are the things that will last forever. These are things that will strengthen your relationship with God, that will bring you closer to Him. These are things that will help you lay up treasures in heaven.

Where do you store up your treasures? In heaven? Or on earth?