“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin” (Romans 4:7-8).
Some people assert that the most dreaded four-letter word in the English languish is DEBT. In simple terms, debt means owing someone payment(s) for a service, commodity or product. As much as we may dislike the word, many of us live much of our lives in financial indebtedness. Surveys indicate that 77% of American households carry debt at an average of $58,609 per adult. This includes credit cards, student loans, auto loans, and mortgages. In fact, without our present financial system, many of us might not be able to afford a house, car and other big-ticket possessions. Be that as it may, we look forward to the day in which we can be debt-free.
When it comes to the spiritual, however, the debt we owe to God and Christ is beyond comprehension. Consider - if someone should risk his/her life to save yours, the debt is enormous, but measurable. You might even have an opportunity to "repay" the debt in kind. But how can a mere mortal begin to repay that gift that God gave to save our souls - His only begotten Son (John 3:16)? Or the price that Jesus paid for our sins when He was crucified in our place (Gal. 1:4)?
Fortunately for us, we never have to worry about repaying that debt, even if we could. Instead, we place our faith in the risen Christ, obey His word and follow in His footsteps. In other words, we give the remainder of our lives in grateful service to our Lord and King. While doing so cannot compare to what He has done (and continues to do) for us, it is all He asks.
As the song goes, "He paid a debt He did not owe, Christ Jesus paid the debt that I can never pay.”