“If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me”. Philemon 18 ESV
This was the year we were going to get out of credit card debt or at least make a very large dent in it. We were trying not to use credit cards for any purchases. Then along comes Danni. She went to the doggie emergency room and we paid cash. She went to her vets and we paid cash. She went to another vet and we paid cash. She went back to that vet and again cash was the payment method. Danni was then taken straight to another emergency animal hospital and by necessity, out comes our credit card.
Each procedure was followed by an amount for services to be rendered. Permission was given and I boldly said charge it. The last procedure I was asked to approve, I said “Charge it but if the card is rejected, we will talk about payment plans”. Credit has its limits, unless it is your account with God.
Your account was wiped clean at the cross. All sins and their wages of death were washed away by the blood of Christ. He paid your account in full and you didn’t just make a dent in your debt, you have a zero balance due. Your credit score is outstanding.
Paul demonstrates Christ in the case of Philemon, the owner of a runaway slave, Onesimus. He had become a Christian and Paul was sending him back to Philemon with a plea for mercy. Paul did not want Onesimus punished and told Philemon if anything was owed, charge it to Paul’s account. He would pay another’s debt to show the love and mercy of Christ. Another example is the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10. The Samaritan paid for the medical care of the man who was robbed and beaten. Jesus charges us to go and do likewise.
Our slate is blank. Our credit card balance is zero. Our sin debt is paid in full. Thank him and praise him today for so great a salvation. Then follow his example and go and do likewise.