Monday Minute in the Word, devotionHave you ever owed a debt someone else paid for you? My friend, Sue, is a loving person who is always looking for ways to help others. Sue once loaned her car to friends while she was out of town. Several weeks later Sue received a surprise in the mail. It was a speeding ticket, given electronically by a camera snapping a photo of the license plate. It listed the location and date of the speeding incident.

Sue racked her brain trying to remember driving down that particular street. Then the date jumped out at her. She hadn’t even been in town on that date. Someone else, the borrowing friends, had been driving her car. Sue knew her friends could not afford the ticket as easily as she could. Sue paid the debt and never even told them about the ticket.

Like the borrowing friends, our own actions have incurred a debt. Our sin has earned the death penalty. We deserve eternal, spiritual death and separation from God. (See Romans 6:23.) We cannot pay this debt and live. We can’t do anything to save ourselves. No amount of religious activity or good works can ever mend the broken relationship with God.

God’s justice demands the penalty be paid. Out of love, God supplied the payment Himself.

God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NIV

But because He loves us, God came into the world to pay our debt Himself. Jesus Christ paid the debt we owe through His willing death on the cross.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16, NIV

Whoever believes in Jesus and trusts in His sacrificial death as payment for her sins will be saved. Anyone who does not believe remains condemned (John 3:18).

It is our choice. Life or death. I have chosen life in Christ. What will you do with Jesus?

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