There was a downpour as he closed the door to the shop. This was nothing unusual, just the same usual weather in Seattle, Washington, where he lived. Also, the lack of customers was not unusual. His shop had seen better years, and he did not have the resources to fix up the place. However, tonight, everything changed. As he reached into the mailbox that was on the side of his shop, he felt an envelope. He could tell there was something different about it; it could not be another overdue bill, it could not be another advertisement. This was something real. He quickly reopened the shop so he could read the letter in the light. The letter read:
Dear Mr. Knowles:
I am willing to buy the shop from you for $500,000. I hope this is not too little. I will still let you manage the store and give you an $80,000 salary per year. You have until next month to decide. My address is on the envelope. If you reply before next month, the money will be all yours, as well as the shop once your shop makes $500,000 in profit. I will fix up the shop myself and give it a renovation so that it will attract more customers once again.
George wondered if this letter was put in the right mailbox. He glanced again at the destination on the envelope. George Knowles.
He thought through everyone that he knew. Could anyone he knew be his benefactor? He knew no one who was rich enough to buy a shop that was in the red. In fact, buying a company that was losing more money than it was making would be a bad investment. How could his benefactor be willing to make such an investment, especially if George didn’t know the man? George decided not to follow through on the offer because he saw no reason that someone would be willing to make such an investment towards his shop. His business failed, and he had to find another way to get an income. Had he followed through, he would have been making $80,000 a year in his own shop as well as retained ownership over the course of the next few years.
This story is eerily similar to the offer that is given to us right now. Even though that story is fiction, it is a portrayal of the offer that God gives us. Whether we realize it or not, all of us are in a predicament. Our sins separate us from God. However, God gives us a chance to renovate ourselves and start all over again. We can’t undo the past, but with God’s help, we can become new people. With Jesus’ death on the cross, this was the payment God made so that we can be made right again with Himself. All we have to do is admit that we have wronged God, ask Him to forgive us from our sins, repent (or turn away from our sins), and believe that God will help us change.