“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17, NIV
Where are we building equity? Lately I have taken a renewed interest in our personal finances since my oldest child is only one year away from attending college. It is a Biblical pursuit to get out of debt and to manage the resources that God has blessed us with well. For most of us, our mortgage is the largest financial burden that we have. I know that making even small extra payments towards our mortgage principle is an excellent way to build equity in my house faster. One definition of equity that I like is “ownership in any asset after all debt associated with that asset are paid off.”
As I was thinking about these principles I couldn’t help but relate the concept of “equity” to our faith in Christ. In the context of talking about fleeing sexual immorality, the Scriptures tell us, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV) When Jesus died for our sins at Calvary, Jesus paid off our spiritual debt to God and gained equity in our lives. I am constantly amazed that Jesus would give His perfect and precious blood to purchase such a run down, leaky house as me. Perfect love does crazy things like that.
When we put our trust in Jesus, our spiritual debt is paid in full so that we can take Christ’s love equity and invest it into the lives of others. So what is Biblical love? The Scriptures say, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV) Am I becoming more patient, kind, humble, gentle, forgiving, honest and open with my life? When we ask Jesus to help us see the world the way that He does, our hearts will burn with a holy passion to love and serve God and others. So how about it? If we claim to belong to Jesus shouldn’t we be joining Jesus and investing our love equity into the people around us today?