I hope your Thursday is going well, and in all honesty, it SHOULD be going well because today is July 11. 7/11. National Free Slurpee Day at any 7-Eleven convenience store.
I never even heard of Slurpee Day until I became a Youth Pastor, and I saw dozens of kids walk into church one night with Slurpees in hand and teeth stained by food coloring, when July 11 fell on a Wednesday. Apparently it’s a thing. Every year, on July 11, from 11 AM to 7 PM, you can walk into any 7-Eleven store and get one small Slurpee for free. You’re welcome.
Several kids in our youth group would tell us how they went to more than one 7-Eleven just to get more Slurpees; some even went to 6 or 7, driving all over town to get as many free frozen drinks as they could.
As a teenager, finding a way to get free treats is kind of a big deal, right? And theoretically, as long as you never get more than one per store (the 7-Eleven policy), you could essentially get as many Slurpees as you want, as long as you’re willing to drive all over the place. Sure the stores get crowded, and the floors get sticky and gross, and the flavors run out by the end of the day, and the workers can sometimes be suspicious about whether you’ve already been there, but if you’re willing to go, it’s there for you, all for free.
It makes me think of what we as believers have in Christ: an endless supply of love, forgiveness, acceptance, and approval; all for free, for anyone willing to believe. What Christ accomplished for us results in us having the love of God in endless supply.
Ephesians 1:7-8 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”
I love that word, “lavished”. It means over the top, too much, excessive, more than is even necessary, like asking for a cup of water and being given an ocean. That’s what the life, death, burial, and Resurrection of Jesus has secured for us: an overabundance of the grace and love of God. And it’s all free!
And this gift doesn’t run out at 7 PM, the floor doesn't get sticky, the flavors are endless, no one eyes you suspiciously as though you’ve already been here, and there’s no one-time-only limit. The best part is that you don’t need to drive all over town to find it: you have instant access, through the person and power of the Holy Spirit living in you, and through the work of Jesus Christ, to receive all of this love and more every day, forever and ever. Amazing right?
Enjoy your Slurpee!