Daily Devotion, 05/25/2018, “What’s In Your Wallet?”
Colossians 2:13-14 NIV When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made youalive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
There’s something deeply satisfying about paying that last car note, finally paying off your house or even bringing a credit card balance to zero. The upside of debt is that it gets us what we otherwise could not afford almost instantly. The downside is the monthly chunk debt takes out of our budgets. Every time that chunk gets smaller, we feel a little more free and less pressured. As much as we’d love to win the lottery or have some rich uncle leave us a pile of cash, the reality is that we’ll have to pay it down a little at a time, most likely for a long time, to ever get rid of it.
Our sin is like a debt that we have absolutely no hope of paying for on our own. We can be good and do good for a lifetime but that will not be enough good to cancel our debt. We will all stand before God someday and give an account for our lives. (See Romans 14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10 and Matthew 12:36) That will be worst of days if we are still carrying the debt of our sins on our account but it doesn’t have to be that way. Paul writes that the work of Christ on the cross “canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness.” It was like the long list of all our sins was written down, nailed to the cross and canceled in full. Rather than drowning and dying in the debt of our sins, we can be forgiven and made alive in Christ. All we have to do is own up to the wrong we’ve done, put our faith in the One who paid for it all and receive the gift of forgiveness He gave to us.
Being debt free monetarily is a good thing. Being debt free eternally is the best of things.
You are loved!