“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”Titus 3:4-7
I went to a Chik-Fil-A drive thru one day to place my usual order – a chicken sandwich, large waffle fries, and a large unsweet tea with lemon. My excitement grew as I approached the window, and the cashier greeted me with a big smile. He stated my charge for the meal, and I went into my pocket to fetch my wallet. I did not find my wallet in the usual spot, so I searched all the other spots. I emptied out all of my pockets and my wallet was not to be found. The cashier had the biggest smile on his face as he held my food in one hand and my drink in the other. He was observing me looking for my wallet and seemed to take joy in my misfortune and misplacement of my wallet.
I apologized and took my foot off of the brake to pull forward and exit as quickly as I could. I was pulling forward when I heard the cashier yell something to me. I stopped and looked and he reached out to hand me my food. I told him I could not pay for the food and he simply stated, “My pleasure!” I was taken aback by this act of generosity, but I accepted the kind offer and proceeded forward. I thought to go back again in the drive thru without my wallet but I thought better than to violate ethical standards and take advantage of others. I could not help but share with others my good fortune and the generosity displayed my another, and I exclaimed the goodness and kind heartedness of this restaurant.
I think of the first time I heard of the kindness and love of my God. I was drawn to my Savior when I learned that He loved me despite all my shortcomings and failures. It broke my heart to hear of what He had to go through for my sins. I was overwhelmed to learn that His love for me was dependent on Him and not on me. I knew what I was, and I was grateful that His mercy saved me. I am thankful for the washing of my sins that His blood cleansed me from, and I am grateful for His justification. I didn’t deserve it like my chicken sandwich but He gracefully and with joy paid the price for me. He paid the price so that when I die, the promise will be fulfilled and I will take my place as an heir to my Heavenly Father.
Where are you today friend? Have you taken of the gift He has extended to you? Have you taken of the git just as I took my food and drink from the cashier? Have you taken advantage of His love and His mercy? How about you, Christian? Are you grateful to be an heir of the King? Do you thank Him for all that He has done for you? Do you thank Him for a love that is based on His goodness and not your righteousness? May we act out in kindness and love, and may we not let a day go by when we don’t thank our Savior for the fullness only, He could give.