I grew up in the era of ‘Layaway Plans’. Mom picked out the item or items she wanted, like Christmas presents, or big ticket items like a new stereo system. The store would keep her items and, over time, she made payments on them until the balance was paid off and then she got to bring her items home. She didn’t get the goods until she paid in full.
The first time I bought a car, a MAJOR big ticket item, I was introduced to the ‘installment’ plan. I made a downpayment, and I drove the car off the lot THAT DAY after agreeing that I would continue to pay installments until the car was completely paid off. The downpayment was a show of good faith that I would make good on my guarantee to pay the full balance due. And I got to drive it right away!
As believers, we have entered into an installment plan, of sorts, with God. Think about this: The promise of eternity is ours when we choose Christ as our Savior. We may not walk ‘into’ eternity for years but God’s promises are ours to receive the more we grow in Him. 2 Corinthians 1:22 from the New Living Translation tells us, “He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.”
Don’t you love that?! As His, He places His Spirit in our hearts, as a good faith first installment guaranteeing everything He promised us. That is huge! And we get to live it every day between now and eternity!
What does God say about you? You are secure in Christ.