Lessons from Rachel’s Phone


A while back, I got my daughter Rachel a prepaid phone. She’s at the age where we want her to have a way to get in contact with her mom and I when she is over her friend’s house, or when she needs something and we were not at home.

One of the great things about getting the prepaid phone was that if I opened a prepaid line, the phone itself was free. That deal made it easy for us to make it happen.

Anyway, it was a separate bill every month and I often forgot about it so she didn’t have data or the ability to call very often. Now, to be totally transparent, one of the reasons it was never high on my priority list was that she (and to be honest my other two daughters as well) don’t see their phones the same way I do. To me, my mobile phone is (go figure) a phone, that also happens to be able to do a bunch of other stuff. My daughters see their phones more as “portable YouTube devices” that also can be used in a pinch to make calls. To them they are more like pocket sized tablets than phones. Anyway, Wi-Fi is all you need for that, so since that was almost entirely what she used it for, and since she did not take it to school (since it is against the rules of the school to use it if you had it) the monthly prepay did not always happen.

Rachel is only 12, so she is not old enough to have a job, and ergo she is unable to pay for it herself. So I spent a good part of my morning yesterday getting her phone transferred onto my family plan. I think that’s going to be the best way to make sure that her phone is always working, and that way I don’t have to remember to pay it every month.

As I was sitting on “hold” and being transferred from department to department trying to locate the person who could make this happen, it hit me that this was perhaps a decent picture of what God’s grace is like.

In a similar way, we never have to worry about being without God’s grace because our accounts have all been put on to Jesus, whose account is limitless in its supply. What makes Jesus even better than me (which is not all that hard to imagine to be honest) is that while it took me a good hour being transferred from person to person in order to find the person with the authority to transfer her account to my own, and then even more time for updates to happen on her phone so that it actually was connected to the data again, when we want forgiveness with Jesus all we have to do is ask! And the moment you ask, you have been forgiven! There is no lag time, it is instant and total! And once you are in Him, you no longer have to worry about the costs of your sins, mistakes, mishaps, or foolish words ever again. And you never have to worry about not being able to connect to the Father because the lines of communication are open and free.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1-4, NIV).

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