I’ve been called cheap, but I prefer the term frugal. Regardless of the adjective used, I am honestly proud of my God-given ability to stretch a dollar. But the late Billy Mays could even make an economical person like me want to buy what he was selling! From the Hercules Hook to Mighty Putty to Zorbees to OxiClean, which Brooke and I use daily (especially now that we have a toddler!), and everything else in between, Billy Mays made us want to buy his product. He revolutionized the “as seen on tv” infomercial movement. His estimated $10 million net worth at the time of his death was a testament to how good he was at his job. Of course, his infamous catchphrase was “But wait, there’s more!”
In one of my favorite passages in the Bible the apostle Paul sort of has his own “But wait, there’s more” statement. But unlike Billy Mays, he doesn’t follow good news with even better news. The Apostle Paul has terrible news (in fact it’s the worst news) and follows it with the greatest news that has ever existed! Check it out:
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV)
Immediately after penning these words, he was inspired to write two of the most powerful news in the New Testament. “But God” It’s as if he’s saying” “But wait! Your sin, your transgression, your mistake, your death is not the end of your story in Jesus because God has great news for you! …But wait, there’s more…”
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:4-10 ESV)
As for you, how does your story read? Maybe you’ve made a terrible mistake. Maybe you’ve disappointed yourself and others. Maybe you’ve sinned against God (actually that’s a definitely. Read Romans 3:23). I intend this next statement to be received with as much love and grace as it possibly can: Whatever your story is, wherever you’ve been or whatever you have done, you are dead outside of Jesus. But that doesn’t have to be the end of your story because of His sovereign love and grace our God offers life and spiritual blessings to anyone who will follow Christ. If we can help you understand more about or obey the gospel, please let us know. In the meantime, let’s all thank God for the apostle Paul’s “But wait, there’s more” statement.