Monday, March 30, 2015
“He paid a debt He did not owe;
I owed a debt I could not pay…” – Ellis J. Crum
Today is the first Monday in 6 months that I did not have to wake up hours before the rest of our house in order to go and work a second part-time job at UPS! The thing I missed most by having to work early mornings away from home was not seeing our kids in the morning before school. This was a gift that had become pretty routine, but once it was gone I knew how much I missed it. Although I almost always get to see them when they get home from school, for the past 6 months I missed hugging and kissing them before they left for their day.
The story is this. From 2012-2013 our family had acquired a rather large (in our eyes) credit card debt of $6,000. Something we had never done before and vowed that we would never do. For the most part, we had always paid off our full monthly credit card balance. However, we began having to use our credit card to pay for larger unexpected expenses (i.e., higher oil prices, broken appliances, a new computer, etc.) in addition to other expenses. By the Fall of 2013 we were only able to pay the minimum payment on our $6,000 credit card balance and knew we were in trouble. So I began looking for a second part-time job to help pay off this debt. We knew that if I didn’t, then we would be paying off this credit card for way too many years.
So at the end of September I began working part-time at UPS loading delivery trucks during the Preload shift (Mon-Fri approx. 3am-9am). What a physical and tiring job. On average, I would load approx. 1,000 packages every day. Some packages were small and light but by far most packages were large and heavy, some were very heavy (over 100 pounds). So for 6 long months I woke up way too early every morning and loaded packages for about 5 hours every day. I would then come home, eat breakfast, shower, and then try to have enough mental energy and physical strength to carry on my other duties and responsibilities as pastor, father, and husband.
After 6 months of this routine, we were able to pay off our entire credit card debt and I was able put in my 2-weeks notice at UPS! I calculated that over the last 6 months I loaded at least 1,000 packages every day, each weighing at least 10 pounds on average. Therefore, I spent 6 months paying off a $6,000 debt that equaled approx. 1.3 million pounds of UPS packages. What a way to picture a debt. Near the end of my journey at UPS, God reminded me of this truth: With His help, I was able to work hard enough to pay off this small debt (in His eyes) but that there is a spiritual debt that we all owe that none of us can remove ourselves, no matter how hard we try or how good we try to be. Easter reminds us that Jesus paid a debt He did not owe (our debt of sin) so that we could find freedom, forgiveness, life, and hope in Him. If you are experiencing the heavy load of your spiritual debt of sin, turn to the only One who can remove it, Jesus.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved… ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'” – Romans 10:9,13 (NIV)
“He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. CrumHe paid a debt He did not owe;
I owed a debt I could not pay;
I needed someone to wash my sins away.
And, now, I sing a brand new song,
“Amazing Grace.”Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.He paid that debt at Calvary.
He cleansed my soul and set me free.
I’m glad that Jesus did all my sins erase.
I, now, can sing a brand new song,
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.One day He’s coming back for me
To live with Him eternally.
Won’t it be glory to see Him on that day!
I, then, will sing a brand new song,
Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.
Yes, Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.