Now, I’m no economist, but I’ve been watching closely the recent troubles with the economy what with sub-prime defaults and credit crunches and the like.
I guess some folks might regard this as judgment, and I suppose it is in a way – but really it’s similar to the final situation of a person who takes a jump off a cliff. That is to say – there are consequences to actions.
If you do decide to jump off a cliff, everything is good for a while (falling never hurt anybody). However, the reality of ground at the bottom does tend to put a damper on things eventually. That’s not far off the situation for those who could not afford what they borrowed, and for those who lent based on greed. The sensation of ‘flying’ is just great – but all untenable things must come to an end. So it is now.
Now, all this got me to thinking that this scenario is not far off from where we all are in life. God makes it abundantly clear (Matthew 18 v23-35) that we are major debtors. To whom? To Him. Our credit cards are maxed out – out as far as it is possible to go with sin. We have, all of us, a huge, huge sin debt to God. And, this life is pretty much like that time of falling. It’s just great – while it lasts. But there comes a time of reckoning, when cold hard reality will intrude on our fantasies of flying. When the debt is called in.
There really are two choices – one of two ways to go. We can either believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and become His disciple – the Way that costs both nothing and everything. In following that Way your debt is paid off in full, dying in Christ His payment covers you, that you may then live in Him.
The other way is to pay the debt off yourself, in eternity, in Hell.
Those are your choices. For, whoever you are, however good or otherwise you regard yourself to be, you cannot hold a candle to the Holiness of God. You are living far, far beyond your means. Only in Christ is there a Way to meet that payment. But – it is a hard road and few find it.
Come to me, all who labour and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11 v28)