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Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

 I Corinthians 3:21-23 NKJV

A 70-year-old woman decided to stay overnight in an expensive hotel as a treat for her birthday. After enjoying her special night in the hotel, she was shocked when the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250. The old lady was furious at this, and she immediately demanded to know why she was charged such a hefty amount. She told the clerk, “It’s a nice hotel but the rooms certainly aren’t worth $250 for just an overnight stay! I didn’t even have breakfast!” When the clerk explained that $250 is the standard rate, the old lady insisted on speaking with the manager.

The manager arrived and explained that the hotel had an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center which were available for guests. “But I didn’t use them,” the old lady said. To which the manager replied, “Well, they are here, and you could have.” The manager further explained to her that she could have seen one of the in-hotel shows offered by the hotel. “We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here,” he said.

“But I didn’t go to any of those shows,” she complained. However, the manager’s reply was the same yet again, “Well, we have them, and you could have.” No matter what facility he suggested, the old lady would only reply, “But I didn’t use it!” The manager then countered with his standard response, “Well, we have them, and you could have”. – (Rachael Rosel, Starts@60).

You see the standard price to cover for the fall of Adam and redemption of mankind is the sinless blood of the God-man, Jesus and it covers everything. Included in that sacrifice is the forgiveness of sin, redemption of man, adoption into divinity, joint heirship with Jesus the Son, healing and health, power over Satan, sin and demons, access into Abrahamic blessings, a total life victory. You see, the payment covers all and they’re yours now. “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (II Peter 1:3-4 NKJV).

Don’t be like that old lady, get acquainted with the content of the deal and enjoy the full package. The bill is hefty alright, but unlike that woman it’s a bill you can’t afford to pay and the good news is you don’t have to. It’s been fully paid. Don’t just be a Christian waiting to go to heaven while going through life sick, broke, busted and disgusted, rising and falling, only to arrive heaven with your sorry story and be told all that was available, and then say “but I didn’t use it.” Only to hear, “Well, you could have used them.”

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