Perhaps you read or viewed the recent story of Brady Singer, a minor league baseball rookie with the Kansas City Royals farm system, who paid off his parent’s bank debts this past Christmas. The emotional video of Brady’s parents went viral as thousands witnessed his gratitude toward repaying his parents for the investment spent making his MLB dream come true (see full story here). You also may have read other related stories where someone paid off layaways at certain department stores. During the holiday season, these stories highlight the generous nature of these individuals. Debts are wiped away and liabilities are satisfied.
Paul made it clear in his letter to the Romans that all accountable individuals have a spiritual debt. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We all have sinned and need something to satisfy our debts. Paul explains why in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Because of our sins, whether done willfully or unintentionally, we deserve death. This death represents an eternity without God. No matter what we do, we could never pay off the spiritual debt owed.
Thankfully, we have the opportunity to be spiritually debt-free. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Hebrews 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18). Christ was a propitiation (an atoning sacrifice) for our sins (1 John 2:2). He is willing to cover our debts, if we agree to His terms: A faith (or belief) in Christ based on evidence (Acts 17:2-3; Romans 10:17) that will cause one to diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6), resulting in a repentant heart (2 Corinthians 7:10), confession of Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and an immersion in water for the forgiveness of one’s sins (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21). Our spiritual debts and liabilities are then satisfied. And that’s not all, because followers of Christ also have assurance of never falling into debt again! As we continue to live a faithful life (Revelation 2:10b), we will walk in the Light and the blood of Jesus will continually cleanse us of our sins (1 John 1:7). Won’t you accept His free gift of eternal life?