For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
When we are hired to do a job, we are paid wages (hopefully). Wages is a monetary payment for work done. Mankind has a sin debt because we are born sinful. The only way we can cancel that debt is… well we can’t cancel the debt – it’s only the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on the cross at Calvary that makes that debt go away. The verse is not speaking of physical death, but is contrasting spiritual death with eternal life. If we believe with everything in us that He paid the debt for our sins – then and only then will be receive eternal life and live forever in heaven with God the Father.
All men are the slaves of sin or of righteousness. God gives us a choice to be a slave of one or the other – no fence walking. The person who does not place his or her faith in Jesus Christ will receive the wages of sin. That’s why I write every day, along with prayers that someone will read this blog and receive Christ as their Savior. I don’t want anyone to miss heaven – God doesn’t want anyone to miss heaven either. He gives good gifts – very good gifts – and this is the best gift of all. He sent His only Son to die – to cover our sin debt. All who receive Him and His sacrifice will also receive eternal life with Him. Pretty cool, huh?
If you choose to be a slave of sin, there is still a wage and it is spiritual death. It’s sad and void of hope. It is not God’s will or His plan, but if you reject His will and plan, then you have made your decision and you’ve made your choice. If you choose to be a slave of righteousness, then you have given your whole self over to the Lord, admitting that you need Him in your heart and life. It’s at that moment your life changes forever. Faith is a wonderful gift, along with God’s supernatural and constant presence in your life, and the promise of eternal life. Life without end – with Him – yeah! What a blessing! 🙂