I was standing behind a lady at the checkout counter today at one of my favorite discount variety stores when the clerk totaled her purchases. The customer didn’t have enough money to pay for all of her items so she began to select things to leave behind. “Oh no”, I said to the clerk. “Just put her items on my bill.” The clerk looked surprised; the lady was pleased—and grateful. (I knew that it was the least I could do for having been so abundantly blessed by the grace of God.)
As I finished checking out, I noticed that the lady had left one of the items I’d paid for on the counter. At that moment, I had TWO epiphanies about what Jesus did for us in dying on the Cross. No way could we pay our sin debt. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood… (Romans 3:23-25–NLT).
Yes, Jesus stepped forward and said, “Put it on my bill!” HE PAID IT ALL!
Now, here is what really blows me away. Some people walk away from what has already been paid for and never get the benefit of it. If you know somebody who has not embraced what Jesus has done, run after them and tell them that you too once had a debt that you couldn’t pay but you accepted the GIFT. Compel them to come… to RECEIVE the gift. That’s all that any of us can do when we are Spiritually Bankrupt! JUST ACCEPT THE GIFT! Feel free to share this blog.