Chances are if you’re old enough to be reading this, you have a bank account… and you’ve probably sat down at some point to reconcile your own balance sheet with the bank statement. You have your expenses (big or small) pulling out and your wages putting back in, hoping that the wages total to a larger number than your expenses.
Sadly, many people look at their eternal life as a checking account they hope will balance in the end. Their expenses are the sins they commit. Some are large and obvious sins while others are small and not so obvious. However Jesus tells us that there is no big or small sin, they are ALL sins. In fact, it’s even more severe than that. I’m sure anyone reading this can say of themselves ‘I have not committed murder’, but Jesus said “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matt 5:22)
A sin, is a sin, is a sin. They are ALL withdrawals from this eternal bank account. We have “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23) And yet too many people, even knowing and understanding the this, attempt to balance their register with enough good, more deposits to compensate for all those withdrawals. However, no matter how hard they word, no matter what the deposit, there is only ONE wage that satisfies the withdrawal of sin. “For the wages of sin is death” (Rom 6:23a).
The amazing part is that there are two deaths to choose from to reconcile this account. By default (if we don’t make a choice) it will be our eternal death (permanent separation from God) that pays that debt. However, we have the choice to replace our own death with that of another. But only the death of one truly pure, blameless and Holy could take the place of our death. And we’re blessed that such a substitution exists. When Christ (pure, blameless and Holy) died on the cross and rose again, He did that for us, so that we could reconcile our eternal account.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5:17-19)
I’m not saying don’t do those good deeds, by all means, keep doing them… but not out of hope they will reconcile your account (for Christ has already done that) but out of love for the one who paid your debt.
Accept His death and resurrection as the wages for sin in your eternal account and you have been reconciled… permanently. An account reconciled to God can never again be out of balance.