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Perspectives

Do you know how much 1 trillion dollars is? The height of a stack of 1,000,000,000,000 one dollar bills measures 67,866 miles. This would reach more than one fourth the way from the earth to the moon. The length of 1 trillion one dollar bills laid end-to-end measures 96,906,656 miles. This would exceed the distance from the earth to the sun. It would reach to the moon and back 20 times.

1 trillion is more than you can imagine. 1 trillion is more than you can view. 1 trillion is an amazing number.

Keep this in mind while you view our National debt here. Go take a look at it. Seriously. And that’s just the on-budget debt.

Can you imagine a pile of money that big? In order to get rid of this debt, we would need years to just stop spending money and then years reversing our spending, and then years of keeping that up.

I heard a parable once of a young boy who finds a shiny quarter on the side of the road. He is delighted—he takes it to the White House. He holds up his quarter and says, “I want to use this quarter to help pay our national debt.”

Do you see? It’s a joke. The boy doesn’t even have a chance of getting in the White House.

You can’t pay the debt. And unless you get some amazing big bucks, you can’t even put a dent in it. You can’t pay it. You never will.

Imagine that the National debt was your own personal debt. You can’t take it away, not a bit, and you can’t even stop it from growing. Everything you have will be taken away, even your life. If someone paid that debt for you, the whole thing, and paid enough to cover everything you will ever need—rate 1-10, how devoted would you be to that person?

The debt Jesus paid for us is more than a thousand National debts. He gave His very life to purchase us.

I want to remind everyone that what Jesus did for you is more than anything anyone can, or will ever do for you. We need to stop trying to give Him works, and just give Him our life.

And I’d like to point out one more thing on the side, you can’t get into the White House. If you do get into the White House, you can’t simply see the President. If you do somehow meet with the President, I can promise you that time and requests are limited. But God invites us into His very throne room. He delights to hear our petitions. He commands us to meet with Him. So even though we can never pay our debt, we can still enjoy a wonderful personal relationship with Him.

In Christ,

Ellie

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9 thoughts on “Perspectives

  1. Wow. That is incredibly sobering, yet sooooo moving. Sometimes I tend to get distracted, and I forget about my own personal debt. How amazing that Jesus paid it off. It reminds me if a hymn:

    Jesus paid it all
    All to Him I owe
    Sin had left a crimson stain
    He washed it white as snow

    Thanks so much for sharing Ellie!!

  2. Actually, the plane on the dollar bill chain would only fly for about 8 minutes, Ellie. That’s how long it take light to get here from the sun, so that would be about how far the chain would stretch before it ran out, earth to sun.

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