Jesus paid it all.
Let that sink in.
Then, follow it with this – He who knew no sin became sin for us.
Jesus took our sin upon Himself so that we may be set free from the penalty of death – hellfires.
What do we owe God?
We owe Him everything. God gave us freedom from Sin, but He has also given us everything we own and possess (time, talent, money, etc.). Everything we own is to build God’s Kingdom and grow us and stretch us spiritually.
For years I have known that maintaining a spiritual relationship with God is the best route to success as a human being. To live meaningfully, passionately, and fully even in death, one has to have a meaningful sacrifice of self to God spiritually. Have God take of you as you take of Him. Become one with God in your daily dealings and plans.
Scripture often refers to sin in financial terminology. If sin is a debt, do you and I have a trespass counter in heaven? Does it click at each infraction?
We lie. Click.
We gossip. Click.
We demand our way.Click. Click. Click.
Talk about depressing.
We’ve all flunked the righteousness test, and God doesn’t grade on a curve (see Romans 3:23). Whether you’re a $100,000 sinner or a really wonderful $10,000 sinner, all of us have a debt we cannot pay. But Jesus paid a debt He did not owe. Because of that, every single human being can be forgiven by God.
To have spiritual debt is to live none meaningfully yet the price has already been paid in that regard and fully. Giving up what we hold dear physically for the purpose of growing spiritually is more worthwhile than holding onto what will perish when we die – the body and its needs.
Romans 12:1 states “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.”