“Jesus paid it all, and all to Him I owe.”    ….Or, do we?

We hear sermons and songs telling us how much we owe to Jesus based on what He’s done for us. Jesus saved our lives by sacrificing His life; He freed us from the curse of death, disease, and poverty. He’s delivered us from all our sins, and so much more. The idea is we pay Jesus back by giving our time, talent, and money to Him, living a holy life, and we do the will of the Father.

Owing Jesus is logically understandable, but it’s not biblical. Nowhere in the Bible does it say or even suggest we owe Jesus anything. The Bible lets us know everything Jesus did was a free gift from God. We didn’t earn or deserve it, but He was freely given to the world. Most people don’t make it a habit of repaying someone with their services after receiving a gift on their birthday or Christmas. Why? Because we know it was a gift given by love. God’s gift was given in the same way.

Does this mean we can live like a hellion? Of course not. I repeat, of course not. But, what we do for God is out of appreciation, not repayment. There’s a difference. If we live unto God based on repayment, there’s a possibility of guilt entering our lives when we don’t live up to the perfect standards of God. Guilt can hinder our prayers, have us feel unworthy, and not operate in our authority. However, if we live based on appreciation, we have the freedom to do the perfect will of God and even when we fall, we can appreciate God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We live a holy life, give financially, and walk in love based on our appreciation for what He’s done.

Jesus paid our debts so that we can be free. Receive this gift of freedom.

Ephesians 2:8 (AMP) For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God;