I play word games on line with some friends. One friend and I are evenly matched—she wins about half the time and I win the other half. Right now we have a game going in which she is absolutely killing me. She has almost doubled the score on me with just a couple of letters left to play. I thought to myself, “She’s leading by 200, but it might as well be a million! There is no way I’m going to come back from this deficit.”
In the same way, we can never overcome the debt of sin we owe. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Whether we have sinned only twice, or if we have sinned a million times, we are separated from God by that sin. We can never overcome that deficit on our own.
However, the very next verse in Romans says, “And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Jesus can erase that huge deficit of sin that we owe. His blood can take all of our sins away, and we can stand before God, just as if we had never sinned at all.
I am definitely going to lose that word game I’m playing. But Jesus has made me a winner in the game of life.