The story has been told of an orphaned boy who was living with his grandmother when their house caught on fire. The grandmother, trying to get upstairs to rescue the boy, died in the flames. The boy’s cries for help were finally answered by a man who climbed an iron drain pipe and came down with the boy hanging tightly to his neck.

Several weeks later, a public hearing was held to determine who would receive custody of the child. A farmer, a teacher, and the town’s wealthiest citizen all gave the reasons they felt they should be chosen to give the boy a home. As they talked, the boy’s eyes remained focused on the floor.

Then a stranger walked to the front and slowly took his hands from his pockets, revealing scars on them. As the crowd gasped, the boy cried out in recognition.

This was the man who had saved his life and whose hands had been burned when he climbed the hot pipe. With a leap the boy threw his arms around the man’s neck and held on for dear life. The other men silently walked away, leaving the boy and his rescuer alone. Those marred hands had settled the issue.

Remember the One who indwells you. You are the Holy Spirit’s temple. Remember the One who owns you. You are God the Father’s possession. Remember the One who purchased you. You are Jesus’  redeemed child.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Ephesians 1:3-14

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Give thanks to God for sending Jesus Christ, who is our Redeemer.

Ask God to be the strength in your times of weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10).

In view of God’s redemption, consider someone who needs to hear this great message and pray that you will have an opportunity this week to share this truth.