My Biggest Debt Paid

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This morning my five year old son woke up with a plan to shop at Target. I don’t know where it came from. I hadn’t even mentioned the great sale on eggs that I planned to take advantage of. No, on his own accord, he was a man on a mission. There was a Playmobil set that he wanted, and he was ready, wallet tightly clutched in his hand.

Well, he’s had a good time spending his Christmas money over the past few months. A Playmobil here. A Lego there. A Bionicle last week. It’s like the money was literally burning a hole in his pocket. We talked each time about saving the money. But, he wasn’t interested in saving.

The Playmobil of the Day, however, was beyond his means this morning, and he was heartbroken. He no longer had enough money to spend wherever he pleased. His extreme sadness (because it is extreme when you’re five) reminded me of how I felt three years ago when we woke up to the fact that we had revolving credit debt. We felt sunk. We were pretty close to hopeless. The world measures by power, prestige, and bank accounts and we were greatly lacking.

However, there was one thing we had that no credit card company could seize, no bank could freeze.

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The new life we have in Christ.

Not only did He pay for my sins by His death on the cross, but He also defeated sin and death, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. Christ paid my biggest debts. And while financial debt is certainly stressful and painful, living a life apart from God is even moreso.

If you find yourself in a tough financial situation — or not, I urge you to consider the promises of God and the hope of Christ.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17

I talk a lot about frugality and debt because they have both played a big part in my life. But, Jesus is the Author, Director and Leading Man of this show. How can I not share that with you?

Blessings to you at Easter!

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53 Comments

  1. What a great reminder of what we have, when we feel we don’t have enough. Thank you for the uplifting post!

  2. Amen! Thank you for the reminder as we head into “Resurrection Memory Day”.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I have been enjoying your site for several months now….but this is the best post yet. 🙂

  4. Thank you for this post. As we head into this weekend, I will for the very first time give confession and take communion. I’m coming from a different faith entirely and this year long process of discovering Jesus and how in Him was where I belonged all this time. That makes this post very, very real to me. This isn’t thinking I’m accustomed to, and that’s scary and wonderful all at once. Thank you for giving me another fabulous way to understand it.

  5. Thanks for your witness of our RISEN SAVIOR! I love your posts everyday. You are a LIGHT and SALT for Christ!! Keep up the encouraging work!

  6. Yes, absolutely. Daily meditation in God’s word & remembering what Jesus has done for you makes you stop & think more and be more thankful to him for what you do have. Thanks for the reminder. It’s easy to get short-sighted.

  7. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing THE Good News of paid debt. Also love that your children were excited and involved in the making of the Resurrection Cake.

  8. Amen! In our everyday struggles, to be frugal, take care of family, and everything else our lives entail, I strive to take the time to be truly thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice for each one of us! Easter is the most blessed season, and a reason to Celebrate the life he gave for the life we have been given.

  9. Thanks for the great post and parallel stories. We can get the extremes over what is going on in day to day life but peace is ours through Jesus. Thanks for the reminder! I pray your family has a great Easter.

  10. This is how we know what love is:
    Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
    I John 3:16

  11. Amen! He’s the Husband of my Soul, the Light of My Life, and my Saving Grace. No frugal tips here…I’ll be pondering the sadness and misery that Mary must have experienced this evening, as the Mother, watching Her only Son be wrongly accused, tortured, and die, so He could save OUR unworthy souls. To all Glory and Praise be His name…He is Risen on Sunday!!!

    (And I thank Him most wholeheartedly also, for the mad couponing ninja skills He blessed me with. Thank you Lord, for your Blood, and for the little things too!)

  12. HE IS RISEN!! Blessings to you and your family and thanks for being a blessing to others through your blog and your life!