Apr 22, 2009

Paid in full

You could tell on their faces. They weren't expecting the incredibly high prices. Sometimes they were smart and left. But sometimes, they would be too embarrassed and they would order off our menu. Oh well, at least we weren't as expensive as a car payment. ...But we were close.


It was the early 1980s. I was working at La Chamiere, perhaps the most expensive restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was told it was one of two 5-star restaurants in the whole state. It was owned by two French gentleman and boy could they cook. The food was good. But it was also expensive. Rarely did two people get out of there for less than $100. And don't forget that this was 1980 dollars.


Somehow they would come up with the money and pay the bill in full. I never remember anyone who had to stay and wash dishes. I am not even sure if the restaurant would have cut that deal. The dish washers were a very close-knit strange group of boys and they probably would not have known what to do.


Of course there are times in life when we receive an unexpected bill. If you don't believe me you don't have kids. I have a pastor friend who received a bill from his cell phone company. It appears his daughter spent $300 in text messaging the first month she had a phone. He was angry, but he eventually paid the bill in full.


But this is not as bad as the bill received by Greg Christoffersen. This Wyoming father thought his daughter did not have text messaging on her phone. But somehow she learned that she could send messages, even though she didn't have a plan. So she sent some 10,000 text messages in one month. The bill due? $4,756.25. This dad did what any normal adult would do. He smashed the phone with a hammer. Amen brother! Smash away!


I think my daughters probably send more text messages than that in one month. Fortunately, we are on the unlimited plan. At least I pray that we are.


But there is a bill coming due that many are not expecting. It is the bill due to the most Holy God who created us. It is a bill for all of the unpaid sins that we have committed. Unfortunately, this bill is so expensive, we cannot pay it. But don't get the hammer out just yet. Jesus Christ paid the bill for us on Good Friday. And across the top it says, "paid in full".




Pastor David Hook

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