My immediate thought was, “Wow! It’s TC’s birthday, but she’s buying me some fancy electronic gizmo.” Well, until… Cabela’s and Diapers (both toting a handy dot com behind their name also) and a host of other companies began withdrawing funds from our bank account!
Alright! The Cabela’s order might have slipped by me with an eager anticipation of some really neat fishing device, but Diapers.com? As stated on our about page, Clint no longer wears diapers… he’s grown and gone.
Of course, nothing like this ever happens during banking hours. So here we are on a Saturday morning trying to find someone (a third party, probably located in Brazil) to cancel our cards before the damage becomes catastrophic.
So, why share this with you? For one, to warn you to check your accounts regularly. But you already know that! I’m actually penning these words with amusement at how things work out for us in this life. See, this is a first.
We’ve been very fortunate to have never been hit by this sort of thing. What makes it humorous is the fact that this past Wednesday night, we used the credit card as an illustration of how God reckons Jesus’ righteousness into our once sin-stained accounts.
We spend a lifetime racking up a debt of sin against God, but by childlike faith in Christ, the statement reads a zero balance. Even better, He gives us Jesus’ account… which carries no limits, fees, or interest.
But how does one reconcile our current dilemma with the illustration? Maybe by placing ourselves in the shoes of the person(s) out there wrongfully debiting our account? Is it possible that someone can mistakenly believe they have access to God’s grace, when really, they’re making charges against an account that is not available to them?
Jesus seemed to think it highly possible, but He didn’t leave us to wonder. He said, “Just check the trees for fruit.” (Matthew 7:20-23)