When the Bill Comes Due

by Brad Price
cellphone88.jpgDo you own a cell phone? Do you think your monthly bill is high? The amount you pay is surely far less than the bill received by Bob and Mary St. Germain.
This couple received a bill of nearly $18,000 from Verizon Wireless back in 2006 and it was not a mistake. The St. Germain’s son believed he had free data downloads and used at least 816,000 plus kilobytes which led to the nearly $20,000 bill.
Although an $18,000 cell bill is hard to imagine, it is insignificant when compared to the problem of sin. God says sin separates man from his Maker (Isaiah 59:1-2). God also says the valuable things in life–items such as “silver and gold”–cannot pay the debt for sin (1 Peter 1:18).
If we are old enough to be accountable for our actions, we have been stained by sin (Romans 3:10, 23) and we need the “the lamb of God” who “takes away the sin of the world” (John. 1:29, ASV).
If we have not been “loosed” from our sins by the “blood” of the lamb (Revelation 1:5), here is what we need to do:
* Have faith; we cannot please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).
* Decide to repent (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30).
* We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God (1 Timothy 6:12; Acts 8:36-38).
* We must find someone to baptize (immerse) us into the body of Christ (Galatians 3:27) for the forgiveness of our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). This body is designated as the “Churches of Christ” (Romans 16:16).
Christ has paid our sin debt (Romans 5:6-9), so let us submit to him today.

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