By Ryan Thornsberry
Romans 6:23 reads–For the wages of
sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 reads–For by grace are ye
saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the
gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.
I hope we can see the contrast is
between the “wages” of sin and the “gift” of God. I think it
is important, from the onset, to remember that contrasts
First, Paul tells us of the
“wages.” Many of us who have worked or are working this
morning understand the concept of wages. Wages are payment
for work done. Notice that something has to be done in order
to “earn” the wage.
Wages are depended upon the quality
of work, quantity of work, and duration of work that is
accomplished. Have you ever heard of someone refusing their
check when it came payday? I guess that most of us feel that
we have, in some way, “earned” it (I hope we feel/felt that
way). But notice the contrast with God’s “gift.” A gift is a
“given item.” There is nothing that can be done to earn a
“gift.” It is given by the generosity of the one who wishes
for me or you to have something. Notice that when we are
given a gift, the act itself demonstrates that someone
thinks highly of us. Can the same be said for God’s gift to
us? Contrary to what we earn on this earth, we will never be
worthy of God’s gift to us...the gift of Jesus.
Next, I want us to consider the
differences that these items have in our lives. Notice that
we get what we “earn”–we sin, we “earn” death. If we choose
to follow sin, act upon its enticements, and turn our backs
upon God, we will have a disastrous outcome waiting for us.
Death is a condition that we will have placed upon ourselves
by our actions. God’s gift is a generous present to us that
we do not deserve. Have you turned your back upon Christ
this morning? Remember the phrase in Ephesians 2–“not of
yourselves...lest any man should boast” There is nothing
that we can do, there is no kindness that we can show, or
thought that we can think that will make our production
similar to God’s gift. The Bible tells us.
God’s gift is from Him, by Him, to
us,(you and me and all who will listen and obey his
commandments). Man can’t take credit for this “gift,” but he
can ignore it if he wants to. I pray that you are not one of
those that ignore Christ.
- Ryan Thornsberry serves as an elder for the Anna Church of
Christ in Anna, IL. R. W. McAlister preaches for the
congregation and may be contacted through the congregation's