“Overdrawn”

“A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they could not pay, he cancelled the debt of both. Now which of them will love him more?”  Simon answered, “The one, I suppose, for whom he cancelled the larger debt.” And he said to him, “You have judged rightly.” – Luke 7:41-43

What does it take to be overdrawn on your account?

If I have $10 in my account and write a check for $11, will it clear? Nope, I’m a dollar short. What if I have $999,999 and write a check for a million? I’m a lot richer, but I’m in the same boat as the other situation. Same as if I had $10 and wrote that $1,000,000 check.

You see in all three scenarios, whether I had a lot or little – whether I was a little short or way short – in all three cases, I didn’t have enough.

When we think about Jesus’ teaching in the verse above, we find the same lesson. Some people behave better than others. Some folks are nicer than I am. Some are worse; however, on our own, none of us are good enough.

None of us, by ourselves, are good enough to reach the standard set by Christ. We need His forgiveness, we need His goodness, and His righteousness.

My prayer is you have experienced that forgiveness and righteousness. If not, please don’t trust your own goodness, because we all come up short.

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