Because Life Is More than Money
Happy Easter! Hope your celebration was/is/will be a good one.
Easter is the celebration of Jesus making payment for our sin. Romans 6:23 reads, “The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord.” According to God, somebody had to pay with their life for the sin. Jesus paid God’s price - sin paid for and defeated! God then raised Jesus back to life. Death defeated! II Timothy 1:10 reads, “Now Christ Jesus
has come to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends.”
Jesus intends for His payment for our sin and for His conquest of death to make a difference in how we think and how we live. He loves us as we are, because He made us and we are His according to Psalm 100:3. But, God, of course, didn’t make us to sin. We did that on our own. Rather, God made us to love Him and to love others. Jesus is the ultimate example of how God wants us to live – He loved God by obeying God’s request for His death to pay for sin and to demonstrate God’s love for the people He made.
I recently read again a true story of an earthly father’s ultimate love for his son. The father and son together with two other men were flying in Alaska on a fishing vacation. Their plane crashed in frigid waters. The other two men were able to swim to shore. The father could have saved himself, as well. But, he chose to try to save his son. The current was too strong for the father with his son in-tow. That father wrapped his arms around his son as they drowned together. What a heartbreaking, but powerful demonstration of love.
God doesn’t often ask us to die for another. But He does ask us to do like Jesus did and subordinate our own lives and interests for the benefit of others. In banking we sometimes use a subordination agreement as part of a loan. That agreement makes something that was second or minor or outranked become first and major and top-ranked. God has something like that in His heart and mind for how we relate to one another. Our human nature says, I’m first, I’m major, I’m top-ranked. God’s way for us to live is for us to subordinate and make others and their interest first, major and top-ranked. Philippians 2:3-4 reads, “…in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” And I Corinthians 10:24 reads similarly, “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” The kind of love God is asking of us is focused on others, not ourselves (Romans 15:2).
The word attornment is not in the Bible that I know of. But, the concept is throughout the Bible. Attornment is a legal word from old English law that was used when the land a tenant was farming was being transferred to a new owner or lord. So in an attornment the tenant was agreeing to and accepting a new lord/landlord. Maybe we should consider an attornment that transfers the lordship of our life from our self to God. God is a safer lord for us than we are for our self. His love for us is greater than even the love we have for our self.
Doug Johnson, President