Twice a month, I meet my pastor for some mentoring time. We usually meet at a McDonald’s that is close to both of us. I would say that I eat breakfast maybe there once every 4 to 5 months. He usually gets coffee or water. It is not the food that draws us but our conversation.
But this post has nothing to do with talking to my pastor and everything to do with the food because yesterday, I decided to eat.
Baihley (Yes, she had an ‘H’ in her name) was the cashier yesterday. This conversation is not exactly word for word but pretty close.
Me: “Good morning! I would like a Bacon, Egg, Cheese Biscuit please.”
Baihley: “The meal or just the sandwich?”
Me: “Just the sandwich please. And a small orange juice. Oh wait, and the Cinnamon Melts please.”
Baihley: “Ok, the total comes to $7.21.”
Me: “Um….I only have $7. Change the…”
Baihley: “I got this, hold on.”
Baihley: “The total comes to $5.23.” (She had a big grin on her face at this point)
Me: “Thank you. Not necessary but thank you.”
I do not know if Baihley is a manager but she gave me Cinnamon Melts for free.
1 Bacon, Egg, Cheese Biscuit = $3.19
1 Small Orange Juice = $1.79
1 Cinnamon Melts = $0.00
I am no one special. I had no coupon. It was not a special item on the menu. In fact, as far as I could tell, there was absolutely nothing that should have allowed me to receive free Cinnamon Melts. I did not deserve it. I did not earn it. I did nothing. It was all Baihley. I just said ‘Thank you.’
Here is that same paragraph with two words changed:
I am no one special. I had no coupon. It was not a special item on the menu. In fact, as far as I could tell, there was absolutely nothing that should have allowed me to receive free Forgiveness. I did not deserve it. I did not earn it. I did nothing. It was all God. I just said ‘Thank you.’
God is so extensively rich and vast in His love and mercy. He already paid the price. I have accepted His gift and now follow Christ with all my heart. Get past your past. Stop trying to earn something that is un-earnable. Your works-based mentality can keep you from experiencing God. Live today for Him. Say ‘thank you’ by living for Him.
Your actions will never earn salvation, they will only display it.