Payment Due

by Tim Hall
Are we current on paying our debts? How about our debt to God?
Many commercials promote ways to reduce one’s debts. Apparently many Americans need such help. Our society struggles with consumer credit, believing that one can have it all without having to pay for it all.
Circumstances can sometimes spiral out of control because of illness or tragedy, but that’s not the case with a large percentage of Americans. We’d just rather find a way to get out of the debts we impulsively got ourselves into!
Regardless of what happens with your financial debts, there is a greater debt we all owe. Psalm 24:1 lays the basis for this truth: “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (NKJV). God is the owner of all things, including the land on which we live and the houses in which we dwell. Though we may have deeds that declare them to be ours, they really belong to him.
This is a fact often stated in the Bible. Hear it in Psalm 50:10,12: “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. … If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is mine, and all its fullness.” If you believe the Bible, then every material thing your eyes can see belongs to the Great Landlord. He created all things, and it’s only right that he should hold title to it.
That makes us tenants, not owners. And just as with those who rent property, payment for the privilege of using another’s things comes due at some point. Shall we be deadbeats and give nothing in return for all the blessings we enjoy each day? Should we not do something to try to repay God’s favors?
Psalm 50:14 shows us how to begin: “Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.” The first step is to acknowledge that our prosperity is due to the goodness of the Lord. Once we are truly thankful it will not be a difficult thing to “make payments” on the gifts that have been lent to us in this life.
And what does the Lord require of us for using all of his property? Micah gave an answer long ago that is still worth consideration: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
Walking humbly with God means that we become disciples, those who constantly want to learn what God desires. That involves, of course, following his son, Jesus Christ. Being a Christian is how we make payments for the blessings God has given us.
We’ve been blessed beyond imagination! Isn’t it time to think about paying our debts?

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