The IMF and an IOU

IMF-gold_profitsWhen you think of spare change, what do you think of?  Maybe you think of a dime, a nickel, a quarter or whatever amount is jingling around in your pocket.

If you’ve been following the financial news of late, you know that Greece doesn’t have any change that they can spare.  Their concern runs much deeper than a pocket full of coins.

The International Monetary Fund has told the Greeks they need to repay the $334 million they owe by the end of this week. Apparently the lenders are tired of Greece’s foot-dragging measures, and they have issued some take-it-or-leave terms to the deeply indebted nation. imf

This scenario reminds me of the huge debt that Jesus assumed and paid for with His life:

  • Romans 6:23: The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • I Corinthians 6:20: You have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
  • I Corinthians 6:20: You weren’t set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed. Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ.

Jesus gave everything He had on the cross, so you could have it all throughout eternity.  Like the Greece situation, it is a take-it-or-leave scenario.  In this case, however, when you take Jesus, your debt is paid in full.

Accepting The Exception

exceptWhen I pulled into a parking spot yesterday, I saw the sign to the left on the door in front of me.  I laughed, and then I got out and took a picture of it.

The owner of the store was facing quite a dilemma.  His credit card machine was broken, so his customers could not pay for their purchases with Visa or Master Card.  Evidently he was not “accepting” cash payments because the sign said he was “only excepting cash.”

I have enough sense to know that the sign reflects some confusion in terminology.  Accepting and excepting sound quite a bit alike; however, they are opposites.  One means to receive and the other means to exclude.

Let me share an Oscar Wilde quote to show another difference between the two words.  Wilde said he had accepted the fact that he could “resist everything except temptation.”

In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul wrote that in Jesus we are “accepted in the Beloved, and in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace . . .”

When a person is “accepted” in Jesus, he will never be excepted from heaven.  This is because Jesus paid the price of your sin.  Payment wasn’t made by a credit card or cash, it was paid for by Jesus:  “Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body (I Corinthians 6:19-20).”