The Infinite Account


What does it mean to give your life to Jesus in order to receive His life in exchange?

Centuries ago, God wrote a blank check to you—not because you were entirely trustworthy but because you were extremely valuable to him. He gave you access to his account and the authority of his signature to use it. He put certain conditions on your use, but not as many as you might think. He didn’t just promise you the world; he promised a full inheritance in his kingdom.

How do you get access to this infinite account? You have to write a blank check to him too. You sign over all your own resources—your right to manage them and your future claims on them. Though you may try to interfere with the new Manager’s decisions, you’ve relinquished that privilege. Why? Because he is entirely trustworthy and will do a far better job managing your life than you would.

That’s a picture of what it means to give your life to Jesus and receive his life in exchange. You give up your own accounts in full, but you receive his in full. There’s no greater transaction than that—the paltry for the extravagant, the temporary for the eternal, the futile for the fulfilling. It’s absurd to refuse that deal.

That’s essentially what Jesus said when he told his followers that if they lived “in him,” they could ask what they wished and it would be done for them (John 15:7). The more we lay down our lives for him, the more of his life he lays down for, in, and through us. And it’s a really good deal.

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