I’m working on developing a habit of cleaning out my wallet every week. I don’t do much online shopping, so after a while there’s a ton of receipts stashed in my purse. Which is great except there’s been times when I needed to return an item but once I found the receipt, the return date had passed. Now, it’s one thing if it isn’t a lot of money. However, when I’ve spent a considerable amount, the thought of losing my hard earned cash is extremely frustrating. I don’t want a store credit; I don’t want to haggle or argue with the cashier. I just want my money back.
I laugh when I remember how I’ve sat in the parking lot trying to basically conjure up some story to explain why I waited to make the return. Take my advice, unless the item is defective, an aggressive approach never works in your favor. Experience is the best teacher.
As I was sorting through my wallet I started wondering how many people miss the opportunity to give their lives to Jesus, not realizing that at death it’s too late.
Let me give you an analogy as it relates to a life of faith. I realize there’s no monetary value on salvation because it’s priceless. But just stick with me. Imagine that you got a gift card worth a 1000 times your current income. Several opportunities came up, but by the time you remembered to use it, it had expired. How frustrating and sad is that? Going through this journey of life without accepting Him as your savior would be like having that gift card for years, then dying without using it.
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Losing a ton of money pales in comparison to losing your soul. That’s the significance of the verse that says “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.” Mark 8:36
And unlike the retailer who might make an exception to their return policy, God’s word is clear. “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27
Remember, salvation through the acceptance of Jesus, is a gift. “Not by works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:9
Don’t make the mistake of taking time for granted; don’t think you have all the time in the world. This gift expires upon death and it is final. Think of it as a win-win situation: you’ll have the comfort of knowing you lived your earthly life with Jesus and the certainty of where you’ll spend your eternity.