Because It’s Right

If you read the December 20 post, you know that my husband and I paid off our home mortgage early.  Never having done this before, other than when we were selling a house to buy another one, we really didn’t know what to expect.  We assumed it would be like when you pay off an auto loan.  First, you receive something from the finance company indicating that you no longer owe them money.  A few weeks later, you receive the title to your car.  I don’t know about you, but I get a sense of satisfaction in having that piece of paper proving ownership.

Being new to the home pay-off experience, we anticipated receiving something from the mortgage company as proof of our completed obligation, even if nothing else.  After a few weeks passed, I was told by the company that it had been sent to the Register of Deeds, who would be sending us something.  Upon calling a few weeks later, I found that it was on record as having been paid.  The woman was very nice and helpful, telling me we had been given the deed when we first bought the house years ago.  What I was looking for, she told me, was the deed of trust, which proves our full ownership.  If I really wanted a paper copy, I could drive downtown and get it there, or I could go online to a title site, sign up for a free 7-day trial, and get a copy right on my printer at home, which I did.

Talk about anti-climactic!  At least a car company sends you a letter recognizing you have completed your obligation to them!  Here we have a mortgage paid off ahead of time, a much bigger a deal in our minds, and I had to print the paperwork off the internet – with no one around to congratulate us.  At a time when the whole industry is struggling, you’d think they’d have been especially glad to have all our money early!

Okay, so sarcasm and self-pity aren’t pretty at all – ever.  After all, why did we pay off the mortgage in the first place, when we could have continued making our monthly payments for years down the road?  I’ll refer to the December 20 post Scripture reference:  Romans 13:8 NIV  “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”  That is the verse the Lord used many years ago to give us the desire to be debt-free in the first place.  At the right time, He made it clear that it was time to complete the process, and we willingly obeyed, all glory to God.  We didn’t do it for man’s accolades, though once it was done, we came to expect them.  Did we fail to pay attention to the great cheers coming from heaven when we paid off our debts simply because He told us to?  If we had done this for the applause of man, we would have lost our true reward, which is so much greater than anything human could possibly be!  Glory be to God!  Truly, we did what we did because it was the right thing to do for us and what the Holy Spirit had made clear we were to do right now.

The hidden motives of our hearts ensnare us so easily, even in the midst of doing the right things.  It’s the subtlety of pride – “look at what I’ve done,” rather than “look at what the Lord has enabled me to do!”  Thank God for His mercy and His Holy Spirit, Who helps us see things His way.  It’s time for us simply to return to being thankful the Lord has made the way for us to pay off our financial debts so we can focus on repaying the debt to love – because it is right.  Kind of like Jesus, Who went about doing good . . . because it was right.

In Position

Romans 13:8 NIV “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.”

Okay, so I’m going back to the same verse one more time.  That’s only because I have more revelation of it than before, and I want to share it in a way that you will see it, too, and find the freedom of the Lord in greater measure!  In telling this part of my life, I am not bragging on my husband and myself, but on God.  To Him belongs all the glory!

Yesterday, I woke up as a “servant to the lender.”  By the end of the day, after making a transaction and following it’s path via the internet and phone, when I called the automated line of my mortgage company and heard the words, “Your loan is paid in full,” servant was no longer my identity.  When the Lord made it so clear to my husband and me that now was the time to pay off our remaining debts, despite the economic downturn, He also spoke to my heart that we were getting in position.   I didn’t really know what that meant, but I had such an expectation inside that we were about to walk in places in Him that we never had before, all because of financial debt.

This morning, as I entered this historic life-moment in my journal, the Holy Spirit helped me see the Romans verse from a whole new perspective, because I’m now on the other side of it.  Do you realize that the debt to love is bigger and more daunting than any mortgage, any car loan, any credit card debt, etc.?  It is a debt as big as what Jesus did for us, so it can never be repaid in full!  That knowledge, however, isn’t meant to make us throw up our hands and declare that there’s no use trying.  Even knowing I can never repay it fully, my desire now is for my whole life to be invested / spent on paying that debt of love to others.  That’s what Jesus’ whole life was about, and He lives in me, so it’s the whole purpose of my life, as well.  Before, there was a heavy weight (though it didn’t feel so heavy because it was “manageable”) that held me back.  I was pulled in two directions without realizing it.  Financial debt pulled me one way, and the debt to love pulled me the other way.

Now, I am in position to be able to walk fully in His path for me, and that’s what He wants for all of His children!  That’s why He told us to owe no man anything but the debt to love.  It wasn’t so we couldn’t have things on this earth.  It was to protect us from those things that would ensnare us, hindering us on His good path for us.  Our heavenly Father cares so much for us that He wants us to live in that freedom for which Jesus Christ paid in full.  He is not a God of laws, rules, and don’ts.  He wants us to walk on His path of life for us – unhindered, and He has clearly shown us the way in His Word!

I can only imagine how much greater this revelation will become as I begin to walk it out – now that I’m in position.  Really, it’s more of the lesson He has given about taking Him at His Word.  Wow!  It still amazes me how simple, yet how powerful this is – and so many of us have not walked in it before, or only in small measure.  Join me in this walk, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as we discover the freedom of taking Him at His Word, and find ourselves in position to walk as Christ walked – that our Father might be revealed.