September 19, 2019 - How Much Do You Owe? - A Reflection on Luke 7:36-50
This was a rather long passage so I’d like to draw your attention to the subject that I would like us to reflect upon today. So, let me tell you the story that Jesus told the Pharisee, but let me get you in it. You are a creditor and there are two people who owe you money. One owes you fifty dollars; the other five thousand dollars. Feeling very benevolent one morning, you wipe out both their debts. Now, which of the two will love you more. Quite obviously the man who owes you the greater sum of money.
I have realized this principle is true when it comes to loving God. I take a look at the men through history who have had a deep love for Christ, and these are invariably men (not always, but most of the time) people who have been great sinners who feel forgiven for a lot. Quite naturally I relate this to my own life, and away from Jesus for twenty-five years, there was a lot of sinning. And, consequently, a lot of forgiving needed. This resulted in a lot of love.
When I look at people who have a very lukewarm attitude towards God I have noticed that they are not big sinners. They are good people, for the most part, who don’t do really, really bad things. Consequently, they don’t sense that they need too much of forgiveness. But here is the thing: they do! And they need a lot of it.
Let me put this in a way that’s easy to understand. Let us look at our lives for a moment. Let us examine a typical day. There’s no adultery in it; there’s no violence; there’s no murder. But there has been the odd lie told; the little bit of gossip; the little flare of irritation. Now multiply that by the number of days there are in a year. Multiply that by the number of years you have been alive. And now see the debt that you owe.
It is not only the really “bad” people who owe God a lot; everybody does. And realizing that helps us to love him, because that forgiveness of our debt that we often take for granted, cost somebody his life. And every drop of his blood. When we realize that, I think we will all love God deeply and greatly. But that realization comes only by thinking about it.
So, let’s think about this today.