Bank Statements

I hate ’em!

I’ve been banking for a long time. And, no, they didn’t use an abacus to calculate when I started! Although I remember seeing someone who knew how to use one who was really good at it.

Anyway….

Maybe I shouldn’t be so quick to advertise my imperfections, but the bank and I very seldom agree on how much is in a particular account. It’s not so bad when they say that there’s more in there than I do. 🙂  When they say there’s less, not so good.

You’d think reconciling a bank statement would be simple. Take the amount the bank says you have, add any deposits, subtract the outstanding expenditures, and there you have it. The bank and you should agree.

Not in my world.
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There’s another account that’s much more important.

The one I have with “the bank of heaven.”

I keep writing “checks” on that account or using a “bank card.”

I’ve never been able to make a “deposit” in that account.

I have a debt that cannot be totaled.

I have nothing with which to pay it.

“What are you talking about??”

My life.

Scripture says that I have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23, NKJV and throughout. I’m not the only one. In our day and culture, there are very, very few who seem to have any thought at all about God, let alone how to honor and obey Him. Scripture says that is true of every one of us. Although this verse specifically refers to Israel, it’s still true of us: We have turned, every one, to his own way, Isaiah 53:6, emphasis added.

The Bible also says that the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23. If, in your circle of life, you’ve recently experienced a loss, I’m truly sorry. I don’t mean to add to that grief. It’s just that death is a universal and inescapable fact of life.

There’s also the universal and inescapable fact of the debt that every one of us owes to God. We can try to offer the “check” or “bank card” of our good works or good intentions, but there’s nothing in those accounts.

There are those who believe and teach that the idea of “God” is old-fashioned,” so they don’t worry about such out-of-date things. After all, “science” has it all figured out.

That’s why the world is in the shape it’s in.

Science has figured nothing out…

…about the things that count:  things of the Spirit.

Instead, it denies they exist.

Some of us do still think about such out-of-date things.

Look at it this way. If science is right, then no one has anything to worry about.

However, if it’s wrong….

Some of us are still foolish enough to believe that Scripture which says, It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment, Hebrews 9:27.

Some are also foolish enough to believe that we can figure out how to get around it.

We might think that we have more than enough to get us into heaven, but God says. “No. You have no account here.”

Only debt….

There is one who has an account in heaven.

Only One.

There’s ever been just the One about whom God said, “This is My beloved Son; in Him I am well-pleased,” Luke 3:22, paraphrased.

Christmas is just down the road. COVID-19 has probably cancelled much of the festivity that usually accompanies that time of the year.

It can’t cancel the real truth about “Christmas.”

One was born who can pay our debt.

He was born in order that He might live…

…and die…

…and pay the debt.

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” Acts 16:31.

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