Have you ever been given a blank,Â signed cheque on payday? IÂ havenâ€™t, but it would be nice to writeÂ your own cheque, wouldnâ€™t it? On myÂ pay cheques, and probably yours, theÂ amount is already filled in. But we stillÂ look forward to each payday. Thatâ€™sÂ because we count on our pay chequeÂ to pay our debts, or to pay for a house,Â a car, food, clothes, and many otherÂ things. For many of us, it seems thereâ€™sÂ â€œtoo much month at the end of theÂ money,â€ but sometimes we might haveÂ some money left over to put away for theÂ future.
We work all week, or even all month,Â to get our pay cheque. Then we are paidÂ what we have earned, or according toÂ the contract we have negotiated. ButÂ wouldnâ€™t it be nice to get a big chequeÂ and not even have to work for it? Itâ€™sÂ possible! But, itâ€™s also possible to get aÂ pay cheque that we wouldnâ€™t want toÂ have.
A cheque that we wouldnâ€™t want? Yes,Â there are wages that I think none of usÂ would like to earn if we had a choiceÂ â€“ â€œthe wages of sin is deathâ€ (RomansÂ 6:23). Have you ever thought aboutÂ the end result of your sin? God saysÂ that for sinning, we earn wages, â€œ forÂ all have sinned and fall short of the gloryÂ of Godâ€ (Romans 3:23). Is death thenÂ the end? No, it is not. Godâ€™s Word says,Â â€œIt is appointed for men to die once, butÂ after this the judgmentâ€ (Hebrews 9:27).Â For those who are not saved, this willÂ be the payday of Godâ€™s holy wrath. TheÂ payment will be everlasting punishmentÂ in Hell, â€œthe fire that shall never beÂ quenchedâ€ (Mark 9:43).
How can we avoid the wages of deathÂ and judgment? We might think thatÂ since our sins have earned us death,Â our good deeds can earn us eternal life.Â They canâ€™t. Because of our fallen, sinfulÂ nature, even â€œall our righteousnesses areÂ like filthy ragsâ€ in Godâ€™s eyes (IsaiahÂ 64:6). No matter how hard we work,Â or how hard we try, we cannot do anythingÂ to earn Godâ€™s forgiveness for evenÂ one sin.
Remember the cheque I mentionedÂ before that we donâ€™t have to work for?Â God has written such a cheque. It canÂ pay for your salvation. It is not a blank cheque, though. It is already made outÂ for a priceless amount â€“ the price of Â your soul. But donâ€™t worry about thisÂ cheque bouncing, because it is paidÂ out of the endless riches of Godâ€™s loveÂ and grace. This cheque is written withÂ the blood of Christ, and signed by theÂ Heavenly Father. It is dated for today,Â because â€œnow is the day of salvation â€ (2Â Corinthians 6:2).
All that you must do is put yourÂ name on Godâ€™s cheque. How do youÂ do that? You need to admit that youÂ are a sinner, and that your sin has producedÂ a debt that you cannot pay. YouÂ need to repent and turn from your sinsÂ to God, and believe that Jesus ChristÂ paid for your sins by dying on the crossÂ and rising again.
When you trust Him as your personalÂ Saviour you can put your name in thisÂ verse: â€œFor God so loved _____________Â that He gave His only begotten Son, thatÂ ___________ believes in Him should notÂ perish but have everlasting life â€ (JohnÂ 3:16).
When you come to the Lord Jesus asÂ a sinner, and by faith put your name onÂ Godâ€™s cheque of eternal salvation, youÂ can be assured that you are His, andÂ that you will miss the awful payday ofÂ judgment that awaits all those who haveÂ not trusted Christ.
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