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I Owe My Soul To Jesus

By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:10,14 (NKJV)

There is a song called 16-Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford, and it speaks of the hopeless life of a coal miner in debt.  During the time between the 1880’s and the 1950’s coal companies began to implement a program designed to substitute money with what were known as “Scrip coins.”  These coins were handed out in lieu of cash, but the coins could only be used in the company store, so they were of no value at other establishments of business. 

Unfortunately, by the time the workers would pay for their rent, food, clothing and supplies at the company store at the end of the week they would end up owing the company store more money than they had made during the week. Thus, Tennessee Ernie’s line in the song, “St. Peter don’t you call cause I can’t go, I owe my soul to the company store. So the people would never live in freedom, but always be indebted and attempting to pay off what they owed. This cycle made for hard living with no hope of escape. 

There are many people today who live and feel much like the character portrayed in this song — they are deep in debt spiritually and they lack hope.  There are those who would offer these people hope by telling them to change their life so they might erase their debt by doing more good than bad.  This is a lie from the enemy because we can never do enough good works to be forgiven of our sin (Eph. 2:8-9). 

Thankfully, God didn’t give us scrip coins or any other sort of man made religious indulgence to barter our debt of sin away — He gave us His Son to die for us — that through Him we might be reconciled and forgiven of our transgression. And thankfully we don’t have to earn God’s love by doing good works — we should be doing good works because of our love for Him.

We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Choose to keep from being shackled to the so called, “Company way of life,” or be living for the things in the “Company store.” Choose to be shackled to the Lord and enslaved to His righteousness. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 4:19 why should we love God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find yourself attempting to live a righteous life so God will accept and love you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make it a choice to live righteously for God because you love Him and are willing to live in a way honoring and glorifying to Him.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for showing me how much You loved me by sending Jesus to speak to me; to show me how to live, and how to love others. Father thank you for allowing Jesus to die as a propitiation for our sin. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit afresh Lord and help me to be strong in my walk. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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