126. Conditional Promises

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“One of my neighbors is an attorney,” Stan said one morning.

“That’s too bad; are you thinking of moving?”

As Stan just stared at me, I said, “That’s a joke, Stan!”

“Got it,” he replied with a laugh.

“My neighbor and I are good friends so he does’t mind if I occasionally ask him a legal question.”

“You sure about that?” I asked.  “You know that most legal advice is worth what you pay for it.”

“Yeah, I know that.  Besides, most of what he and I talk about is not really legal advice.  Just questions about how the law works in certain situations.”

“If you say so.”

“I was asking him about a car repair.  My car was not running right and I took it to Mike’s over on Grand Avenue to get it fixed.”

“When I got the car back, Mike said he had fixed it and I paid him, but it turned out the car wasn’t really fixed.  I took it back to Mike and he said he would have to charge me again.”

“That doesn’t seem right,” I said.

“That’s what I was talking with my neighbor about,” Stan said.

“He told me it depended on what was promised.  Did Mike promise to fix the car if I paid him or did he promise to work on the car if I paid him?”

“Sounds like that could get messy,” I said.

“Let’s hope and pray not,” Stan replied.

“In any event,” Stan continued, “there is a spiritual lesson here I want to mention.”

“God does not want me to follow Him conditionally.  I am not to say to Him that I will do such and such if He does such and such.”

“God has already done everything.  He has given me life and He has given me a new life.”

“I am not in the position to say  to God, ’I will follow you if’.  There are to be no ifs in my relationship with God.”

“He is God and I am not,” Stan concluded.

Just then Stan’s cell phone buzzed.  He answered and a few seconds later said, “Great.  I will be by later this morning.”

Hanging up, he said, “That was Mike.  He said he forgot to tighten something.  The car is running just fine and there will be no further charge.”

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Follow Me.  Matthew 16:24.

Prayer:  Lord, please forgive me for all of the times when I have put a condition on following you.  It is wrong.  You know that and I know that.  Please help me in getting out of your way so you can lead me to where you want me to be.  Lead and help me to follow without any conditions whatsoever.  Thank you that I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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