Picking Up The Tab

But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay.

Philemon 18-19a 

You’re out with a friend having a nice dinner and the waiter brings the bill. Your friend says with a smile, “I got this one.” And you’re like, “you sure?!” He replies, “Absolutely,” and snaps his credit card on the table. You’ve been blessed!

You’re out on a job trying to work hard and you accidentally put a big gouge in the nice hard-wood flooring. Your boss doesn’t come down on you… doesn’t even mention it. He just pays for the damage and continues to show you favor. You’ve been blessed!

It’s almost embarrassing to have someone pick up your expense, but isn’t it one of the biggest blessings? It always strikes a deep chord. It’s an honor to realize someone is covering you. And talk about a lasting impression! You may never forget it.

I’m convinced Onesimus’ life was never the same from this point on. Paul placed an indelible mark upon a young man’s future. And I’m sure Onesimus read the words of Christ, “Go and do likewise,” with a new and certain conviction. I would be surprised if Onesimus didn’t, from this point on, lead a life of mercy.

Christian love is never better displayed than when we assume someone else’s expense.

If you want to leave a lasting impression try just “picking up the tab.”



One comment

  1. Good word brother.

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