Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Picture of Mercy - Parking Garage

I was leaving a parking garage the other day. I pulled up to the attendant with my ticket and debit card. I passed the card to her as I noticed a sign that stated "no credit or debit cards." I asked her how she recommended that I pay the $2.25 I owed, to which she recommended cash - which I didn't have.

I was going to have to back up my car, re-park, walk two blocks to an ATM and come back to give her cash. She could have let me through by having mercy on me. But she didn't.

What got me more irked was that I clearly saw her pause, think and waive on the guy ahead of me when he handed her his ticket and credit card. I had been with him not 10 minutes prior. I was sure he owed the same amount, but she let him through.

And so it is with God's mercy. Though we all owe the same debt, He pardons some and makes others pay. The reason for this mercy is given in scripture: that some know Jesus, God's son and others don't. Jesus pays the debt that we owe when we pass through the "gate" at the end of this life.

It's not hard to believe that the parking attendant may have let the other guy through because she knew him. He couldn't pay his debt any more than me, but he received favor - maybe because of a relationship previously established.

I'm thankful for the relationship that I have with Jesus Christ. Some day I will die, I will bring my ticket and will not be able to pay the debt I owe. I won't have to ask God, "how do you recommend I pay this?" He will just waive me through.

Do you know He will do the same for you?

God, we owe an impossible debt that we can never pay back to you. But you freely offer to pay it for us through your son, Jesus. We thank you for that promise and we look forward to the day when we will see you face to face.

P.S. If it be your will, would you please pay for the guy behind me, too...

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