They are called Loyalty Cards. Supermarkets and pharmacies entice us to use them so we can get discounts. What they don’t tell us is often our purchase records are sold to life insurance and health insurance companies that analyze our purchases. It is amazing what computers can do with a list of our consumables. The information might actually end up costing us higher insurance premiums if we are deemed to have an unhealthy life style thus negating any discount we got from our initial purchases.
God also gathers information about us. The difference is He never uses the information against us. Someone might say His records are used to justify our being lost. Not so. We are all worthy of being lost. He doesn’t need any data to support our demise. What He is doing is gathering data to support our being saved. Just in case someone somewhere might object to our receiving eternal life all He has to do is produce the record of our accepting His gift. It’s His gift, thus He has the right to give to whomever He chooses. He chooses to give it to everyone but we must accept it and that is where the records come into their importance.
Good parents don’t garner in and keep records of their children’s failures and send them out in the Christmas newsletter. No, they list all the good things their children have done. God is a good parent. So what’s the difference between God and Walgreen? Walgreen loves our money. God loves us. The difference is huge.
Never forget “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” He loves collecting good data.
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 29, 2014
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