Don’t Pay That Debt!
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Imagine that you are patiently waiting in the queue at your bank when you overhear the teller say to the person at the counter, “I’m sorry sir, no matter how much you insist, you can’t pay anything against a debt here because you don’t have any debts!”
It’s crazy to think about paying a debt you don’t owe, yet every one of us has, in a sense, done just that when we succumb to worry. As Mark Twain famously said, “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”
In this week’s GoChurch Bible Reading there is a familiar passage in Luke 12:22 (NIV) which Jesus tells us all “do not worry about your life…”
Is that even possible? If so, how can anyone live worry free? Especially in the day we live. I just saw a news report that said the hashtag #whatToDoWhenYouAreReallyAnxious racked up 300 Million posts in just a few days! The world is filled with worrying people!
Even so, the Bible reports: Yes! It is possible to live completely free of worry.
Consider the following 5 observations from 1 Peter 5:7:
1) “Give” This is an action word. It’s an act of our will. It’s a choice we make.
2) “All” Importantly, it’s possible to give ALL of your worries away. That means no worry you face it too big to give.
3) “Him” Jesus is the only One who can take your worries. He already paid the price in full for your total and complete victory. His Love for you is the source of your ability to overcome everything that would try to destroy your life (Romans 8:37-39). So, no matter what comes, you can live free of worry knowing in the end you win (Romans 8:31)!
4) “because” This is a very important word in this scripture. It is the connecting word that points you to the answer to our question above: How do we live worry free? So, let’s pay very close attention to what comes next.
5) “He cares for you” This is the answer to living worry free. When you have a revelation of how much God loves you, you never need to worry about what horrible things might happen. John said the same thing in 1 John 4:18-19. He says it’s possible to live worry free if we fully understand God’s Love for us personally. Jesus said something similar just a few verses later in the same passage when drawing comparisons to the birds, which he cares for:
“…how much more valuable are you…” Luke 12:24
Conclusion: So, let’s stop paying a debt we don’t owe. Our all-powerful God Loves, cares, and values us – so what does it matter what comes against us!
DAY 97 – Reading: Luke 10:25-42
Verse 27: Explain what ‘Loving the Lord with all your “Heart”, “Mind” & “Strength” looks like in your everyday life.
DAY 98 – Luke 11:1-28
Verse 9: Jesus tells us to “Ask”, “Seek”, and “Knock” – AND – when we do, what does he promise? Explain how this might work practically in your everyday life.
DAY 99 – Reading: Luke 11:29-54
Verse 29: What is the ‘sign of Jonah’ that Jesus is speaking about and what lesson regarding ‘signs’ does it teach us?
DAY 100 – Reading: Luke 12:1-34
In this passage Jesus says, “Do not fear…”, and “Do not worry about your life”? Is it really possible to live a worry-free life? If so, how? [This week’s Blog titled: “Don’t Pay That Debt”, is based on this passage and will help you answer this question.]
DAY 101 – Reading: Luke 12:35-59
This passage admonishes us to ‘Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning”. What ways are you ensuring you are ‘ready for service’? Where do you feel called to serve?
DAY 102 – Reading: Luke 13:1-21
Jesus heals on the sabbath and the synagogue leader becomes ‘indignant’. What might we learn from this response that relates to our everyday life?
DAY 103 – Reading: Luke 13:22-35
If God is so kind and compassionate, why is the ‘door’ to salvation ‘narrow’?