Balancing the Books
As we all know the recent General Election led to the formation of a coalition between two of the three main political parties in the United Kingdom, the first since the Second World War. It remains to be seen how long this agreement will last, particularly when it was entered into more out of convenience than conviction. Such is often the way in politics.
The greatest task facing the new Government is the economy. We have been told repeatedly that our country’s finances are in a parlous state and must be sorted out. The solution will not be easy or painless but if things are not put right then we are headed for disaster.
There is an obvious parallel between our national situation and our individual lives as they are lived out before the face of God. We would do well to consider this.
Firstly we have all contracted a massive debt to God. It is from God that we have our being for “he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25). He has been good to every one of us, providing for our needs and showing us kindness and forbearance. In return we owe Him perfect obedience in worship and service. Yet what have we done with our lives?
We have surely dishonoured God in every way. We have broken His laws and perhaps denied His very existence. Even when outwardly we have done what the Lord requires we have not sought His glory but our own. Each of us has a multitude of sins which are all on record and a mountain of guilt which needs to be removed, as the Psalmist was only too aware: “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?” (Psa.130:3). Yet we quite unable to pay off our debt!
Secondly we are all running a huge deficit before God. We not only have a bad record but also a bad heart. The carnal or unregenerate mind we inherited from Adam is “enmity against God” and is not subject to His law (Rom.8:7). This means that each day, in thought, word and deed, we “add sin to sin” (Isa.30:1). We cannot do otherwise.
Many are hoping that in the long run their good deeds will outweigh their bad deeds. They accept that they have done wrong in the past and are resolved to do better in the future. They have now added religion to their lifestyle. Yet we all ‘spend’ more by our sin than we ‘earn’ by our uprightness for there is in reality “none righteous, no, not one” and “none that doeth good, no, not one” (Rom.3:10,12). We are bankrupt!
Finally we are all facing a fearful destruction from God. What will a holy and righteous God do to sinners? We are not left in any doubt when w e turn to the Bible. There will be “indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil” (Rom.2:8,9). We shall be “punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord” (2Thess.1:9), suffering eternally in hell because of our sins.
Praise God, there is a way to balance the books! It is not by our own doing but through the sinner’s glorious Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ. By His obedience in life and death He has provided a full salvation for all who repent of their sins and believe on His name. In Christ our spiritual debt is cancelled, our deficit made up and our destruction averted. All by His grace! Be sure that you do not ignore this the only remedy for sin.