Just about a year ago, I used this same verse in a devotional entitled Wages of Sin. My focus then was God’s call to salvation. Today however as I read this verse, something completely different bothered me, the actual phrase the wages of sin is death.
Everyone likes getting “paid” for their work. Even volunteers get paid in the sense they see the results of their efforts. For those with a job that has a monetary wage, that paycheck is their reward, their payoff for hard work. That is their WAGE, their RECOMPENSE, or REWARD.
I think for the first time I put it all together that “we” work hard for our final payment of death. In other words, the payoff for all our hard work of living a sinful life, our reward, is eternal death. Culture tells us to just live life to the fullest and damn the consequences. The Bible makes clear the consequences. In the end, there is no one else to blame, no one to turn to except ourselves, we are without excuse. Maybe it is just me but I can think of far better rewards, can’t you?
As I noted in last year’s devotional; Is the Holy Spirit tugging on your heartstrings? Answer God’s call Repent of your sins and make Christ not only the savior of your life but Lord of your life today.
Heavenly Father, I am a sinner and deserving of eternal death and the lake of fire, I am not worthy to set my foot in Your heavenly home, but I believe that the Lord Jesus paid the price for my sins through His death on Calvary and I heed Your call, Your free gift of salvation and eternal life IN HIM. I ask that Christ be Lord of my life, let the Holy Spirit guide my paths that I may do Your will. In Jesus’ name, I pray, AMEN.
Modified from Source: https://prayer.knowing-jesus.com/Romans/6/23