I can take absolutely no credit for what I am about to give you, however I will promise you that I will use it one day soon… because IT IS SO GOOD! By “SO GOOD” I mean that it makes perfect sense and has a profound purpose and is something that people will relate to. In my opinion, that is how I define “SO GOOD”.
Anyways, I heard this illustration from Lincoln Brewster who either gathered it through divine guidance… or stole it from someone else. If you want to ask him, click here.
So, here’s the illustration. Imagine a shopping cart filled with all of the “discounted stuff”. You know… the pumpkin colored lipstick from halloween and the “holiday cupcakes” from Christmastime. It is filled with stuff that is priced cheap and deeply discounted because the store wants it to go.
Now imagine Jesus coming into that store and, not picking through the cart, but pushing that entire thing through the checkout line. As the lady starts to ring it out He stops her.
“Wait. Don’t discount these things.”
She says, “But Sir (she would call Jesus sir), these are all deeply discounted.”
Jesus responds, “Oh no. For these… I pay full price!”
It’s an illustration about us. I often feel “less” than worth full price. I wouldn’t blame anyone for putting the “deeply discounted” price tag on my forehead. I often see myself as less. However, when Jesus sees us… He doesn’t see us as discounted goods. He says, “I’ll pay full price for all of them.”
That “full price” was His perfect blood laid down for each and every one of us.
Take the illustration. Use it. Make it your own. Take stuff out or add stuff to it. If you use it, let me know how it goes.
I promise you that when I get to use it, I’ll be going for a ride in that shopping cart. When I do, I’ll post a pic so that you can see!
Have a great one and feel free to add any “shopping cart” illustrations that you may have below in the comment section.