Earning or Believing

What is the difference between earning and believing? 

Believing is something that you do on the inside. You simply agree, accept and acknowledge.

There used to be a time in the United States when you could buy groceries at the local grocer on credit. And then you would pay at the end of every month.  If you were short, then you work out a payment plan where the grocery, and they would accept it. 

Of course, this may not have been everywhere, but this was common in small town America.

The difference between believing and earning is as simple as this. Let’s say you had a debt at the grocer, and you were paying on it every month, but there was no way that you could hope to pay off the bill.  You always used more groceries than you could pay on.  The debt just kept growing.  Even if you were making your best efforts, there was no way that you could pay off the debt.  All the while you were paying, there was an easy way to clear the debt, you just didn’t know about it.

Every time you went to the grocer,  there seemed to be a few people who were happy, and they were under no pressure to pay on what they we’re shopping for. And that you couldn’t understand, because you were one of most generous, richest and success people in town.  And yet with all that, you were still under incredible pressure to pay off your bill at the grocer. And you couldn’t understand it.

And then one day you were on isle  number one, and one of the happiest people in town is there. Her name is Mary. She is a local hairdresser.

And you have a conversation it goes something like this:

“Excuse me,” you say. “You’re the local hairdresser, aren’t you?”

“Yes,” she replies.

“Could you help me out?”  You ask. “I need to know something.”

“Sure,” she says.  “How can I help?”

“Do You Know Who I am?” You ask.

“Yes of course,” she says. “Everyone in town knows who you are. What’s your question?”

“I am under so much pressure to pay these grocery bills,” you say.  “I just don’t seem to be able to get ahead. I must be one of the wealthiest people in town and yet I can’t seem to pay my grocery bill. How do you do it?”

“Oh,” she says. “That’s easy. There’s no way anybody can pay their grocery bill.  I just ask the son of the grocer if my debts could be forgiven. And, they were. All you do is have to ask.”

“I’ve never heard of that before it,” you say.

Mary points to a sign on the wall that says, Debt forgiveness all you have to do is ask.

“Is that it?”  You say.

“Well yes that’s it in the beginning,” she says.

“What do you mean in the beginning?”

“You have to learn how to live a life being debt free,” she says.

“It sounds like it starts out simple but it’s complicated,” you say.

“No,” she says. “That’s religion without being debt free. Look at all the shelves in the store.  They are filled with good things.  Nothing in here is man made. It’s all the best food.  It’s all the best of everything.  There are other stores in town, but they have nothing like this. That’s why everybody comes here to shop.  You have to learn how to shop once your debts have been cleared.  You never have to pay again, because it’s already been paid.  What’s the use of paying a debt that doesn’t exist?”

” I don’t get it,” you say. “How can be so simple.”

“For us, it is simple,” she says. “A child can believe it.  You have to have the humility of little child.  Don’t complicated it, that is, if you want your debts forgiven.”

“All i have to do is believe?”

“Yes,” she answers.

“But how will they know? How will they know that I have accepted the offer.”

“You know grocery stores. They have cameras everywhere. They can see and hear everything you’ve done in the store. They’ll know,” she says.

“Well, okay. I accept the offer, but I don’t know who I accept it from.” 

“You really haven’t heard of this before have you? The name of the son of the owner is Jesus. It’s his grocery store.”

“Well, I accept the offer from this Jesus. I’d like to meet him,” you say.

“You can come learn more about him. We have meetings every week and we talked about what he’s done for us.”

You go back to pay your bill and you go up to the clerk who standing behind the counter. And he looks up your account and he says, “I’m sorry sir I can accept your payment.”

“But how can I pay on what I owe the grocer?”

“Let’s see,” the clerk says. “Oh yes, here it is. It says your account is cleared. You don’t owe anything.”

“But I haven’t talked this son of the owner yet?”

“It’s all right here,” the clerk says. “We have on tape. You accepted the offer 5 minutes ago.”

“I need to learn more about this,” you declare.

“They have meetings here every week,” the clerk says. “And there are many books and tapes on the matter.”

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