Paid In Full
A few weeks ago I found myself in line at a drive-thru, picking up a little snack on my way to work after a doctors appointment. My order was small, a fountain soda and two personal apple pies (yes I ate both of them) but what happened next was even sweeter than my treat. When I pulled up to the window to pay the cashier said “The car ahead of you paid for your order.” What a kind little gesture from a complete stranger. This stranger didn’t know me, they didn’t know that food is my love language, they just felt lead to do something kind for me, and they did. That simple gesture completely made my day. I would have loved to know who it was that paid for my order, I would have loved to have the chance to thank them, but it was anonymous. My order was paid in full, all I had to do was receive it, and enjoy it.
This random of kindness reminded me of a very purposeful act of kindness that happened long ago. A day when my debt was paid in full.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
My little children, I am telling you this so that you will stay away from sin. But if you sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. His name is Jesus Christ, the one who is all that is good and who pleases God completely. 2 He is the one who took God’s wrath against our sins upon himself and brought us into fellowship with God; and he is the forgiveness for our sins,[a] and not only ours but all the world’s.
1 John 2:1-2 (TLB)
Jesus gave His life on Calvary for me, for my sin, long before I was ever born. When He bowed His head and took His last breath on the cross, He paid for my sin debt with His life. His act of kindness was the greatest act of kindness there will ever be, all we have to do is receive it, and enjoy it. It was free for me (and for you) but it cost Him everything.
When that person in the drive-thru paid for my order it made my day! I didn’t rush over and try to repay them. I didn’t tap on their window and tell them all of the reasons why I didn’t deserve their kindness. I didn’t turn my nose up and refuse the order even though it had already been paid for. I received it, with gladness…and then…I shared it.
When the cashier told me that my treat had been paid for, I told her “Ok, well I would like to pay for the car behind me then.” She gave me the craziest look I have ever seen while trying to do something nice for someone else, and said “WHY?!” So I replied “Why not? Someone did something kind for me, why can’t I share it with them? I would like to pay for the person behind me please.” Reluctantly she took my payment, and wished me a good day.
This reminded me of salvation. Salvation costs us nothing. We can’t earn it, we don’t deserve it, yet He freely gives it, and wants us to enjoy it. When we receive the gift of salvation we are supposed to share it. We are supposed to take that joy that comes with His ultimate act of kindness, and share it with others. (Matthew 28:19-20) Sure we can’t save them ourselves (unlike paying for someone elses meal) but we can share the fact that Jesus paid for their debt. There may be people who look at you like the cashier looked at me when they hear that Jesus loves them so much, He died on the cross to pay for their sins. He died knowing they may never love Him in return. There may be people who are reluctant to receive this gift they can never repay, but our sin debts are paid in full, all we have to do is receive it.
Have you received the free gift of Jesus?
Do you know that He died on the cross for YOUR sins, wanting nothing in return?
Did you know that you don’t have to try and earn your salvation, pay your way to heaven, or work for your forgiveness? It’s already done!
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30 (NIV)
If you haven’t received the ultimate act of kindness that is Jesus, I pray that you will. I pray that you will invite Him into your heart and make Him the master of your heart. There are no magic words, no work required of you, all you have to do is ask Him to come into your heart. Your debt has already been paid in full, all you have to do is receive it.
Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
Romans 10:13 (TLB)
In His Love,