Luke 7:41 – There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
Do you owe God anything? I hope your answer is an emphatic YES! We are saved by His grace yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. Out of respext, we owe Him our love and devotion, our obedience and faithfulness.
One day when Jesus was visiting a Pharisee, a woman came and washed the Savior’s feet with her hair and anointed them with costly ointment. Aghast at the display, the Pharisee wondered at the tolerance of Jesus for the sinner. To illustrate the simplicity of the notion of grace, Jesus taught the Pharisee the parable of the two debtors. The self-righteous Pharisee needed to understand that he too needed God’s grace. He was wrong in thinking that He had more to stand on than this woman.
As the parable illustrates, two debtors may differ in the depth of their debt, but if they have no means to pay, it matters not. One hundred is just as impossible to pay as one million, of you have no means to pay. Both are beyond your ability. Such is our debt of sin. We have no currency to pay our debts. Only God could provide the sacrifice necessary to satisfy His holy justice.
When next you consider yourself better than someone, remember that your sin put Jesus on the Cross. No matter the degree of someone else’s sin, even yours and mine required the Life of the Son of God. Humbling, no?
Thank God for His forgiveness.