Agreeable Exchanges

Submitted by Chris Conly on Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:55

Thinking about owning a new home is exciting.  The process that is necessary to obtain a new house, not so thrilling.  We make purchases almost every day.  Most of these purchases take place with very little thought or time spent.  Gasoline, food, personal care items, things we need on a daily basis, when we run out or get low we replenish.  We know what we need and where to get it so we just do it.  We make the purchase with little effort or time spent.  That is our economy, the production and exchange of goods and services.  I need or want something you have.  You need or want something I have, so we make an exchange.  Hopefully the exchange is agreeable and future exchanges are made.  The more exchanges made, the healthier our economy.  Sounds simple doesn’t it?  It is simple, in theory.  Meeting our basic needs by making agreeable exchanges is easy when what we are exchanging is minor.  When the exchange is major, the simple is gone.  When I want or need a lot of what you have, or if what you have was costly in time, effort and resources, more thought will be given to the exchange. 

That is why the “thought” of a new house is exciting, while the exchange process is exhausting.  It pits the theory of a minor transaction with the reality of a major commitment.  I want it and you want to be rid of it takes on a whole new life when exchanging home ownership.  The biggest reason is outside involvement.  When it comes to owning a home, there is always more than one person involved.  The other factor, that is really no smaller, is that little thing I mentioned earlier, an agreeable exchange.   This cannot be measured with a policy or interest rate.  Both parties want an exchange that favors them, one that they agree with slightly more than the other party.  It is a game we have all played, and we know the other team is playing it also, but it is never mentioned.   Why do we do this?  It is our nature.  Our sin nature tells us to never give more of ourselves than we get in return.  Jesus tells us just the opposite.  He says give all of ourselves while expecting nothing in return.  It sounds counterproductive for an economy.  An economy cannot survive with only one side of an exchange.  Who Jesus is and what He has to offer is not a spiritual economy.  We all want and need what He has, and His desire is that He would give what He has to everyone.  The reason why the exchange is not made with everyone is that not everyone agrees with the parameters.  We must give everything to Him before we will receive anything from Him, and we have to give all while agreeing that He maintains full ownership.  Is that an agreeable exchange for you?