“And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.” Ephesians 1:13-14
We bought our first house while we were living in Hamilton. At the time, it was an 80 year old war home in one of the older sections of town. It took us a while to find it, the 19th house we viewed. After some haggling, the previous owners accepted our offer and signed the purchase agreement. It was a very exciting moment for us. The house wasn’t much, but it was ours. Well, at least on paper! But the process did not stop there.
We had to give the bank a down payment on the home. It was a deposit. Being first timers, it had to be at least 5% of the selling price of the house. The deposit is a very crucial step in house buying. First of all, it sealed the agreement between us and the seller. It removed any conditions that we may have had on the offer. It also removed the house from the real estate market. No others could come in and top our offer and take the house from under us.
After this, it did not take long for the sold sign to find it’s place out on the lawn. I remember the feeling, driving down our new street and seeing that sign for the first time. It was a mix of fear and excitement. It was real!
This deposit is important. We did not actually have the house yet. We could not hold the keys, or even have access to the house. Not only that but the previous owners were still living there! However, the deposit describes possession. Even though we weren’t in it yet, it was in effect ours. We had only paid a small percentage of the house, but our names were on the title deed.
The process still does not end there. The deposit also describes “there is more to come!”. Could you imagine the new owner never coming back to take possession, leaving the house empty? Never! When we bought that house, we didn’t leave things at the deposit stage. We were adamant to come back for it. When the closing date arrived and it was time to move in and take full possession, we got the keys and did just that. Not only did we take possession of the house, but we indwelt the house. The presence of our family filled the house and we made it ours. We made changes. We painted, we wallpapered, we stripped wood. That house became our habitation. It wasn’t a palace, but that house became our home. This is exactly what the Holy Spirit does in the life of everyone who gives their lives over to Jesus. The deposit given to us is a down payment of Himself. God purchased us “to be His own”. This plainly tells us we are sought after and have tremendous value to God. A considerable price was paid to secure us.
But He is not going to force us to love Him and follow Him. The offer has been made, in black and white, and red. So, it really is up to us to accept His offer, and remove our list of “conditions”. Although He respects our choice to accept or reject, He keeps coming around with the same offer, again and again.
Be not concerned about the house inspection. God has an extensive list and history of your life, yet He wants you anyway. Though we are legally declared His when we accept Christ, we begin a lifetime journey of in-house renovations! There will be seasons of Spring maintenance, fresh paint, and duct cleaning. But that’s ok. We are God’s habitation, and we will eventually reflect His tastes and character. And God is a good interior designer. He has a flair for colour. Have you seen any of His outdoor work?