“I need to speak to someone in billing!”
The woman on the phone was obviously perturbed. My biller politely responded to her call. “How may I assist you?”
“I have a bill that I need to pay you but I want to explain why I am late on the payment. I placed the check in a US post office receptacle, you know, the ones on the corners of the street?”
“Well, I just found out today that someone broke into the receptacle found my check and whited-out the amount I wrote in and your company name. II owed you $107.74 but when I viewed my online statement for the bank, it stated that I owed $600 to this thief! After I resolved the issue with the bank, I realized I still owed you the money so this is why I am calling you, because I don’t want you to think I am late and you will send me to collections.”
My biller was stunned by the revelation. “That is terrible what happened to you! Of course, we understand and we thank you for calling and informing us.”
When she shared this story with me, I simply shook my head. “I am surprised, but not surprised. People will go to great effort to lie and steal.”
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.
Genesis 4:7 (ESV)
In this passage from the Book of Genesis, God directly spoke to Cain and warned him that his angry thoughts were leading him down a slippery slope, one that may end in disaster. Did Cain listen? A brief time later, Cain killed his brother Abel-the first murder. Cain was resentful of his brother but God warned him that he did not have to act upon his thoughts. Cain willfully ignored God and began a bloody tradition that haunts all of humanity to this day.
Cain had a choice. He was angry but he chose to act out his resentment. We all face temptations in this life, this is no sin. If we act upon it, then we enter the point of no return. We must rule over it.
The thief who defrauded our patient was confronted with several choices, whether to break into the postal box or walk away. Even after breaking in, the thief did not have to fraudulently alter the check. There were many opportunities to avoid sinning or compound the sin. All were squandered.
We do not become a sinner because we sin. We sin because we are sinners. We desperately need a Savior, one who can rescue us from this deplorable state. Only by confessing and repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior can we break the vicious cycle of sin and deceit. Only then will be able to rule over sin.
Thanks be to God for his grace and mercy in giving His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Redeemer.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.