Have you ever thought about how you would react if you won the lottery? Besides struggling to keep your sanity as the rivers of excitement and unbelief flow through your body, what would you feel? Would you wait to take possession of that life changing check, or would you get in your car and speed for the sum? I don't know about you, but if I won the lottery, it wouldn't be long between my winning and taking!
However, for lottery winners Raleigh and Erin Hill of North Carolina, this wasn't the case! When they learned that they would be mega-millionaires, the Hills didn't claim their million-dollar ticket for six months! In fact, they waited until the day before the ticket expired to claim their winnings! Why the delayed gratification? It wasn't because they didn't need the money. They were worried the money would control their lives! When time was almost up, the Hills cashed their winning ticket. In a matter of minutes, they progressed from living "paycheck to paycheck" to being set for life.
I admire the Hills for their hesitancy to focus on the big bucks. It's obvious that they're down to earth and they understand the evils greed can bring! On the other hand, their reluctance to become millionaries reminds me of our reluctance to become spritually "rich." Jesus paid the ultimate price on the cross, and because of His sacrifice, He offers us so much more than any lottery! Unfortunately, we aren't too quick to claim what is ours! We know the "wealth" that awaits us, but we continue with our current lifestyle of sin because we are more "comfortable" living how we want to live! And then we remind ourselves, "That offer will always be on the table, and whenever I want it, it's mine for the taking!" Not necessarily. We don't know when our ticket to salvation will "expire!"
As I think about the Hills, I can't help but to think about Paul. He was punctual and he was ambitious, and when he spoke of his own conversion story, he said it best. "And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name!" (Acts 22:16) Please take the time to listen to that lesson!