Monday, October 28, 2013

No Money Back

I have to go to Best Buy this week to return a cable that turned out to not be the item I needed. It's a pretty simple process. If I have the receipt, (which I do) all I have to do is walk up to the front desk, demand my money back, (Or ask politely. Either one works) and they'll hand it to me fair and square.

When I buy products online, I like to check the return policy. Just in case something goes wrong and the product is totally screwed up, I want the assurance of knowing that I can return it for a full refund. Most sellers will, as an incentive to buy from them, sell their products with a strong return policy.

I find that we treat a lot of things as if they are returnable. Say, for example, that Facebook status. So you accidentally posted a really dumb status updated while you were drunk. No problem! Thanks to modern technology, you can virtually erase every trace of any misspoken words.

Or the way our culture views marriage. Gone are the days of actually keeping your promises (Gasp! What a thought!) till death do you part. Now, if you don't happen to feel like you "love" someone anymore, the solution is just a few divorce papers and court rooms away!

Babies are a little more tough though. You can't exactly return them. Instead, you've got to kill them. But hey, as long as you don't feel any pain and you get to go back to life as usual, it's all good, right? You don't exactly get a refund, you just don't have to pay for your mistakes. Perfect!

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8)
I am non-refundable. Un-returnable. I do not come with a money-back guarantee. In an age where Indian giving is as easy as it is, God made sure to explicitly and undeniable state that He will never return us. No matter where we find ourselves, it is never outside the dominion of His grasp. No matter the sin, His reach is uncompromised. No matter the hopelessness, He looks over the moment and sees an eternity of you and Him together.

His heart is broken when we insist on thinking that we've done "too much" for God to take us in. Look, to say that is essentially saying that the cross wasn't good enough. In other words, you think that your sin is greater in strength than the work that was completed on Calvary. And that, my friends, is blasphemy.

So wherever you're at today, take a moment to finally look up. You'll find that He's been holding on this whole time.


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