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Do you really want to pay it forward?

A few weeks back I was going through the drive-through at Tim Horton’s when I pulled up to the pay window, expecting to flash my credit card, only to be surprised by the cashier’s announcement that the person in front of me had paid for my ice cap. “What a wonderful gesture,” I thought to myself. “Someday I should do that too.” Too busy taking the freebie and thinking about it, I quickly missed the chance to “pay-it-forward” for the next person in line.

Now buying a coffee or an ice cap is a couple of bucks given away graciously. Not a big deal for most people, but still a nice symbolic gesture.

Today I was again in the drive-through at Tim Horton’s, having just ordered a high-calorie raisin bran muffin to fill my morning hunger. I hadn’t seen the second line as I pulled away from the ordering menu, but an old truck started nosing in, signaling that he was next in line after me. It was then that I recalled that “pay-it-forward” moment from a few weeks ago and decided then and there that I would I do exactly that. What’s a couple of bucks right?

I pulled up to the cashier’s window, having found an old Tim Horton’s card in my wallet. I thought for sure that the card had enough on it for my muffin and the coffee for the guy behind me. I handed the card to the young man and he ran it through for my muffin. “How much is left?” I asked. “Nothing,” he replied, “and you still owe me for the muffin.”

No problem I thought and then proceeded to tell him that I’d like to also pay for the guy behind me. He checked the amount for the guy’s order and asked, “Do you really want to pay-it-forward? It’s twenty-four bucks.” I hesitated, but then realized that paying-it-forward sometimes is sacrificial. Not that I would be put out by even twenty-four dollars.

I left with my muffin, wondering what the guy would have thought when he pulled in to discover is twenty dollar order was paid for.

Every day there’s a guy already in front of us having paid the debt of our sin. His name is Jesus and He paid our debt by dying on the cross for you, for me, for all.

I supposed some of us have times when we realize just how much that cost Jesus and how much we have gained because of Him, but too often we forget that or take it for granted. There are also many who don’t even know the price that has been paid for them. Even so, Jesus paid it forward so that we can be free to share the blessing of forgiveness and love He has for all people.

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8