Standard Equipment: The story is told about a farmer who went into an automobile dealership to buy a stripped-down model and ended up with all the “bells and whistles.” The $14,000 car turned into a $22,000 car. He loved all the “extras,” but, frankly, he had exceeded his budget. A few months later he had a chance to at least partially balance the scale. The salesman who sold him the car showed up at his farm to buy a cow. After carefully looking them over, he made his choice and asked the question, “How much?” The farmer pleasantly replied that the price was $395. The salesman was pleased and said he would take the cow. The farmer went into his shed, figured the details, came back out and presented the salesman with the bill totaling $920.20. Needless to say, the salesman responded with some feeling, “But I thought you told me the price was $395!” The farmer assured him that was the price of the standard cow, but that this one came equipped with a two-tone genuine leather cowhide cover for an additional $95. There was an extra stomach built in to increase capacity and performance which was $110. The attached fly swatter was $35, and at $15 each the four milk dispensers came to an extra $60. The colorful dual horns at $20 each came to $40, and the automatic fertilizer plant, guaranteed for life, was another $125, for a total of $465. The tax was $60.20, so the total bill was $920.20. Really, all he needed was the standard equipment.
You know, life with Christ is like that. Salvation and a relationship with Jesus comes with extras. Not only do we get a ticket to heaven, but His daily presence, power and protection. Not only are we set free from sin, but the Holy Spirit invades our hearts to convict us concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. Not only do we get New Life, but we get Eternal Life.
Hey, that is worth sharing over and over, with friends and family, daily and every chance we get. “I love to tell the story…will be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.”
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