Debt is a very heavy burden and carrying the load can cause depression. It can strain relationships. If financial analysts label the escalating student debt load as a crisis – how must the students feel as they embark on their future carrying such a heavy weight! Not only are there financial debts but there is the greater issue of spiritual debt.
In Atlanta, Georgia, 396 students were graduating from Morehouse College. Wearing their caps and gowns they respectfully listened to billionaire investor Robert F. Smith – a former graduate of the college.
Dwytt Lewis was one of the graduates listening to Mr. Smith’s speech. Weighing heavily on his heart was the $150,000 of student loan debt he owed.
Smith, dressed in academic regalia to receive an honorary doctorate, signaled during his speech that he “was going to put a little fuel in their bus.” Did he mean anything more than delivering a positive-thinking, up-beat word of encouragement with some sound advice? He did. He said: “This is my class, 2019, and my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”
It took the students a few moments for the immensity of what he had promised to sink in. Then the place erupted, as the senior class shook hands and hugged one another in glee.
News of Mr. Smith’s gift stunned the higher education world. A former Morehouse college president called it “an extraordinary investment” that was “simply an act of high grace.”
There’s another kind of debt that’s heavy to bear and hangs like a dark cloud over one’s future. Some lay awake at night tossing and turning – haunted by their secrets. Some say it is a ‘mountain of sin’ blocking every ray of sunshine. It could never be successfully conquered. Others call
it a heavy burden – like an oppressive and depressing dead-weight – causing them to sink down in despair. Some think of their sin and guilt as a cancer eating away inside them. Their progress is plagued by the constant awareness of their sin-debt.
Is that you?
There is one ‘act of high grace’ that transcends all other gracious and kind and philanthropic acts the world has ever known. The amazing announcement is made repeatedly throughout the Bible. Using a financial analogy, we owe so much to God, we are literally unable to get out from under the debt-load of our sin. Every failure, every wrong-doing, every sin adds to our debt. We all come up short when it comes to the holiness God demands. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” Yes! Wipes out, clears off, and purges all the sin on our personal record.God has intervened in the human family to provide full debt-relief for all. It’s even better than debt-relief. It’s total debt-removal. You can face tomorrow and your future with total relief from the debt of all your sin. To ignore the opportunity to have your debt wiped-out seems reckless.
Jesus wants you to personally come to Him for full debt-relief and total peace. That’s incredibly good news! Here is what He said to people with varying degrees of debt: “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Are you wondering if you were intended to be one of the beneficiaries of this amazing act of grace? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
The Bible says that when Jesus poured out His blood on the cross, He “gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:6) – for every single person.
“The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). Yes! Wipes out, clears off, and purges all the sin on our personal record.
Peter, one of Christ’s apostles wrote these words to real Christians who had their sin-debt wiped out: “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, …but with the precious blood of Christ…” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Graduating students at Morehouse College wanting to benefit from the high act of grace announced by Robert F. Smith must be transparent about their student loans and debt. They must respond to the available offer. They must claim it personally to come into the good of the generous, gracious act. If you are going to benefit from God’s kind gift of grace, you too must respond personally to have your sins removed from God’s Record.
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