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Our Debts Have Been Paid

Let your financial obligations be a reminder that we have been given a priceless gift. And let that gift stir up in you a desire to give it to someone else.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Romans 1:14, ” I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. “

Background

All of us are very familiar with debt, aren’t we? Mortgages, cars, education, appliances. The list can get lengthy as to what we owe for. But even if you have no outstanding balances, you still get to experience debt every time you buy groceries or go to a restaurant or do any kind of shopping. Once you acquire your goods, you are responsible to pay for them. It doesn’t matter whether you’re shopping at Macy’s or Goodwill, the obligation is the same. The same goes for Outback or Taco Bell. And as familiar as we are with paying for what we get, we can also be rather familiar with being owed something from others, and not just regarding things financial. Certain people feel they are owed respect. Others feel entitled to preferential treatment of some sort, while many say they just deserve a fair chance. Certainly, each of us operates by a set of principles and expectations. But where within those guiding principles does your debt to your fellow man fit in? Where within your way of thinking is there room, or better yet, preference, for the others around you?

Application

I wonder if we realize that when we became a follower of Christ, that we signed a debtor’s note to the lost? Do we understand that since Christ did everything for us and has given everything to us, that we now are indebted? But not to Him. That balance has been paid in full. We are indebted to the ones who actually have nothing. The rich, the poor, the powerful and the invisible, we owe all of them the saving message of Jesus Christ. If someone owes you an apology, consider it given. If you haven’t been appreciated as you should, set that aside and move forward. The weightier obligation rests with you. There is a Savior that they haven’t heard about, that they do not follow. Accept your debt for the amazing gift that it is. Preach Jesus wherever you are in whatever way you can. Start looking at people as the investment of a lifetime. And make your payments to them with the love of God that can overcome anything.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let your financial obligations be a reminder that we have been given a priceless gift. And let that gift stir up in you a desire to give it to someone else.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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