I received a letter in the mail from Sam’s Club, informing me I might have purchased contaminated spinach from their store. What was the contamination? E-Coli. Not something I want to experience anytime soon. The letter said to take the spinach back to the store for a full refund. Most people would have probably just thrown the spinach away because you are going back for a grand total of about $3.75. But not me. Nope, I had to take it back. A dollar is a dollar, no doubt. That $3.75 could buy me 3 cokes at the local gas station.
So as I stand at the customer service desk turning in my might-be-contaminated spinach, the cashier swipes a gift card and says “We have a two-hundred percent guarantee. I am putting double your money back on this card.”
Who does that? A 200% guarantee? Now I am looking at 7 if not 8 cokes in my future!
I walk out of Sam’s still muttering to myself. “A two-hundred percent guarantee? Really Sams? You rock. I mean it. You freakin’ rock. Like, loyal customer for life here, no matter that you might have given me E-Coli. I mean, two-hundred percent!”
I drive away shaking my head, still in a small amount of shock. I mean, that is not only guaranteed, that is REALLY guaranteed.
And then it hit me.
That is exactly what Jesus does for us. He guarantees us life, real life, 200% life. Let me explain.
We have life here, and we have life there. Double life. 200% life. Really Jesus?
What do we have to do to get this? Eat some spinach with E-Coli?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Believe in Him. That’s it. No strings. No driving to the store. No turning in contaminated spinach. Just – faith.
Faith that loves Him enough to follow Him. Faith that yearns to know Him more. Faith that strives to be like Him because He is just so awesome. Faith that slowly, steadily, day by day and moment by moment gets brighter, burns higher, and becomes a fire.
A Shine. A real Shine. His Shine.
Faith that is real, genuine, and without masks.
Faith that trusts with finances. Faith that yields to His guidance. Faith that becomes something to behold.
A faith that shines.
Most of the time a faith that shines doesn’t come overnight, but you are guaranteed overnight, and that faith will grow, if you continue to abide and continue to love the only One who is truely lovable.
This faith, this growing faith, assures you, gives you a 200% guarantee.
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Life in this world might not give you that abundance. This life is broken, riddled with troubles and problems, but that life, eternal life, is abundant. It is Earth made new (Joel 2:3, Isaiah 51:4). It is life the way God intended it to be in Eden. It is full life.
Think you will lose something when Jesus comes back?
Negatory. Were they lacking anything in Eden?
Remember, you have a 200% guarantee of life in abundance.
“They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17
That faith is something worth fighting for.
Stand firm Christian Soldiers. Darkness surrounds us now, but soon Eden is coming.
And hope shines.