This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
Off the hook. We might use that phrase when someone owes a debt and then they find out they no longer have to pay it back. They are “off the hook”. We might use that phrase when someone breaks a law, or hurts another person, and then they find out that somehow, they are not going to have to face the consequences. They are “off the hook”.
So how would you respond if you were “off the hook”? Suppose your great debt was somehow paid. Would you just blow it all off and get yourself back into more trouble? Or would you take that forgiveness as a chance to start anew, and head in a better direction?
Beloved, Jesus’ death on the cross for us has taken us “off the hook”. He has paid our debt. He has met the requirement of the Law. He has forgiven our injury. As a believer, I’m “off the hook”. I’ve been shown mercy.
Here’s the real test of whether or not I understand the “mercy” of God. Will I choose to go back to my old ways? Will I keep hanging around the “hook”? God’s desire is that we respond to mercy with a commitment to follow Jesus. It’s the reasonable thing to do.