You’ve likely heard of the amazing gift to the Morehouse College class of 2019. Billionaire technology investor Robert Smith announced at the graduation ceremony that he and his family would make a grant to the university that would pay off ALL the student loans of this year’s graduating class … a gift estimated at around $40,000,000.00.
If you haven’t watched a video of his announcement I’d encourage you to search for it and simply watch the stunned look on everyone’s faces. This was obviously beyond anyone’s wildest dreams; no way would any sane person expect such abundant generosity and love. The amazement on everyone’s faces soon turned to cheers, tears, and celebration. Several of the recipients noted that they felt liberated, set free, that a huge burden had been taken away, and they were now free to pursue the future without being bound by debt. Many had debts of 50, 80, 100 thousand dollars or more … gone, erased, taken care of, paid in full due to one man’s action.
I love the words that accompanied the announcement of the gift. He said, “On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus.” He goes on to say, “I’m counting on you to load up that bus.” He fully expects every graduate to “pay it forward” and make a difference in the lives of others.
Imagine for a minute that someone paid off ALL your debt, that you have been set free, that the burden has been lifted from you, and you’re now free to pursue the future without being enslaved to the fact you had to pay back someone. Imagine how grateful you would be to the person who paid that debt, how you would want to make his name known to others, how you would find ways to serve him, and how you would be motivated to serve others because of his incredible generosity and love.
Wait … someone DID do that for those of us who know Christ. The debt has been paid in full, Jesus has put fuel in our bus, and it’s now our privilege to make His name known to the world and load up that bus with others. As Jesus Christ has love us, let us love others. As Jesus Christ has extended grace to us, let us extend grace to others. Let us glorify the Name of the One who has extended such amazing grace to us!