The other day I was throwing out some junk mail.
Weekly we are bombarded with coupons for restaurants and oil change places.
But one coupon caught my eye.
Perhaps because it was about eye surgery.
It was a coupon for $500.00 off of eye surgery that would give you perfect vision.
No more glasses or contacts.
Just perfect sight.
I don't know if any of you ever watched the show King of Queens, but the main characters are a married couple named Doug and Carrie. Doug was always doing things that would tick Carrie off. One of the things he did was buy her eye surgery for her birthday because he wanted to get her something she couldn't return as she never kept any of his gifts.
She had the surgery and ended up blind. When it was revealed that he had used a coupon she became furious. She couldn't believe that he would use a coupon on something so important.
It was a pretty funny episode and she got her 20/20 vision when he took her to a new doctor and paid full price to get her eyes repaired.
What came to my mind is how sometimes I do that with God.
Sometimes instead of living a life full of abundance from my Savior, I choose to use a coupon.
I want to see His plans that He has for my life, but I don't want to obey Him.
I want to see my children live a life full of Jesus, but I don't commit time to pray for them.
I want to see Christ as the center of our marriage, but my flesh wants to flirt with the devil.
I want to see the branches of my life produce fruit, but I don't stay connected to the Vine.
If I want to see Jesus in my life, my marriage and my children,
then I can't expect to give Jesus half of me and get all of Him.
I must surrender.
I must stay connected to Him through His Word and prayer.
Not when I feel like it, but all of the time.
So hard, but completely possible because we serve a God that says so.
I love the Message version of Mark 10:27
Jesus was blunt: "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off by yourself.
Every chance in the world if you let God do it".
No more coupons with Christ
because from my ongoing testimony it is evident that
when I try to cut corners with Jesus I don't save anything,
but it can cost me everything.
So not worth it.