Cashing The Check

The promises of God are backed by his limitless treasures.
There’s a bank in the Fort Worth, Texas area you might want to avoid. It seems the tellers there are mighty suspicious folks. A story published today by the Associated Press tells of a bad experience Charles Ray Fuller had there.
Fuller entered the bank last week and presented a check to be cashed. Nothing out of the ordinary there; such transactions happen all the time. What made the tellers suspicious might have been the size of the check: $360 billion dollars! When police later questioned him, Fuller explained that his girlfriend’s mother had given him the check to start a record company. Mighty suspicious folks, those tellers.
I heard another story years ago of a panhandler who approached a well-dressed man asking for a handout. The wealthy man recognized him as a schoolmate from the past and gave him a check for a generous amount. When he saw the beggar the next week, his appearance was no different. “Didn’t you cash my check?” he asked. “No one would believe the check is good,” the poor man lamented. “One look at me and they’d kick me out the door.” “Cash the check!” his friend urged. “What makes that check good is not how you’re dressed, but my signature.”
When I approach the teller at heaven’s window, I’m embarrassed to ask for blessings. One look at my robe shows I’ve not been living the life God demands. Why even bother? Since I’m unworthy, there’s no point in even asking.
John has a message we need to hear: “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9,10, NKJV). God showed his love for us before we knew how filthy sin had made us. It’s not how clean we’re able to make ourselves that prompts the grace of God, but the amazing love he has for us.
Paul added these thoughts: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11,12). God’s grace appeared before my reform efforts began. But I do have an obligation to respond to that grace appropriately. Unless I’m willing to learn its lessons and submit to its teachings, the grace of God will have appeared to me in vain (see 2 Corinthians 6:1).
Each promise God has given is like a check waiting to be cashed. If I am his child, I should cash them. My goodness (or lack thereof) is not what makes the check valid, but his grace.

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