“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Sin earns death, but God freely gives life. The simple truth of that statement sometimes makes the reality of it harder to understand. In reality all we do out of our own ambition, all that is done in our lives that was not originally initiated by God, is sin. Do not be fooled that sin is just breaking one of the Ten Commandments. Rather, sin in its greater biblical definition is any departing from God. For that we are all guilty. And, for that we have all earned death. Meaning, an eternal separation from God.
But, then there is the gift. A gift we can do nothing to earn because in reality there is nothing good enough we could do to earn it. A gift that is given freely to all who are willing to accept it, but accept it with hands emptied of all the worthless offerings we have tried in the past to use as bargaining chips to achieve.
Here is where the human spirit must make up its mind. It must either continue the fruitless struggle of trying harder and harder to achieve righteousness on its own. Or, it must make the confession that there is nothing it can do and that only God’s gift will be sufficient enough to save it.