The Gift of God

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When we look around this world we understand that it’s broken. When we look around our community we understand that it’s broken. When we look at our families and friends we understand that they are broken. And when we look in the mirror we understand that we are broken. Brokenness is all around us no matter where we look. At times the brokenness of the world can be overwhelming, so much so that we decide that giving up might be easier.

This verse gives us the ‘why’ behind the brokenness. The ‘why’ is our sin and it leaves us broken. This verse continues to communicate where our sin leads us. Sin leads to death. The payment of our sins is eternal spiritual death. Sin separates us from a holy God. Sin leaves us in despair and darkness to the point that we become hopeless. The world has no answer for our brokenness. Of course, we are able to find temporary satisfaction in some things. However, we will never be able to find an answer for our sin from this world, which is the root of our brokenness.

The good news is found in the second part of this verse. There is a free gift that we are able to receive from the One who has no brokenness, or sin. This One has given His life for all. His name is Jesus. Eternal life only comes from Jesus Christ. Many people will try to convince you that the way out of brokenness is finding something a little less broken. That is a lie from the Father of all Lies, Satan. We must seek the holy and perfect One. His name is Jesus. God sent His only Son to die on a cross for all sins. Jesus paid the wages of sin with His life. The simple path out of our sin is through Jesus Christ becoming the Lord and Savior of our lives.

Please say these three words aloud right now, “Jesus is greater.” Remember these words when you feel low, depressed, or anxious. Remember these words when you feel alone, worthless, or hopeless. Say them aloud each time. Press on, fam. Jesus is greater!

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
  • What evidence do you see around you of brokenness in the world, in your community, in your family and friends, and in yourself? 
  • How is Jesus greater than what the world has to offer as an antidote to brokenness? 

Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?

Today’s post is by Macon Jones, Pastor to Students and Young Adults

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Today’s reading - Romans 6:23. "Jesus is greater.” Remember these words when you feel low, depressed, or anxious."

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