Get What Has Been Purchased For You

Upon opening the three sacks of to-go meals, it was discovered that the meat was missing from the Taco Salad, the pecans were missing from the Apple Pecan Salad, and there was no chili as ordered. So with the deficiency, I decided to return to where I made the purchase and get what was already paid for. A Taco Salad without the meat is not a Taco Salad and an Apple Pecan Salad without the pecans is not an Apple Pecan Salad. I went back to the fast food place and informed the lady who had served me of the shortage, and she promptly and courteously with apology supplied the missing items plus some extra.

We don’t need to be living out our Christian life missing the food that’s already been purchased for us. A woman who had a daughter who was “grievously vexed with a devil”, who was not a Jew, came crying out to Jesus for help (Matthew 15:21-28). First, Jesus didn’t say a word to her. His disciples came to him trying to get him to send her away because she kept crying after them. Jesus affirmed to them that he was only sent to the Jewish people. She was a woman of Canaan. There was a lull in any action taken on behalf of the woman until she came to Jesus and “worshipped” saying “Lord, help me.” Even then Jesus said to her it is not fitting to take the bread prepared for the children (the Jews) and cast it to dogs (Canaanites and other people). That did not stop her or cause her to give up. She knew there was healing to be had in the Lord. She replied, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” Her daughter was made whole from that very hour. The woman had every strike against her. Nothing was going her way – until she “worshipped”. The Greek definition of worship is “to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand; to fawn or crouch, to prostrate oneself in homage, do reverence to, adore”. Staying in the place of true worship she gained the audience of the Lord to bare her heart of dependence on him. Jesus, seeing her heart toward him, saw the faith in her that was sufficient to set her daughter free. The woman simply connected with the person and the power of who Jesus is by giving herself in worship and adoration to him. We have a full meal of forgiveness, healing, and power in Jesus that is fully paid for. As we truly bow to him in worship, we can obtain that which is purchased for all to have.