Have you noticed that interest rates are at an all time low? For retirees who used to rely upon bank CDs, the options are slim. But the issue of interest rates reminds me of a different kind of rate. It’s an “interest” described in the old hymn And Can It Be. Here’s a stanza:
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
I love the hymns for their theology and heavenward pointing. In this hymn, Charles Wesley writes about obtaining an “interest in Savior’s blood.” Although Charles had been ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1735, he remained unsure of the security of his place in heaven.
After a great wrestling in his soul for three years, Wesley penned these words in his journal: “At midnight I gave myself to Christ, assured that I was safe, whether sleeping or waking….I confessed with joy and surprise that He was able to do exceedingly abundantly for me above what I can ask or think.” Wesley’s wrestlings and subsequent peace led to his writing of And Can it Be.
Like Wesley, we must continue to wrestle and finally settle upon what interest rate we desire. Is it a worldly one—driven and set by some bank or even the Federal Reserve? Or do we desire an interest that is unfading, unchangeable and pure?
Our answer to these questions ultimately determines our satisfaction, yea our joy, on this planet and in our home to come.
William F. High is the President/General Counsel of the Servant Christian Community Foundation (www.servantchristian.com). Servant’s mission is to inspire, teach and facilitate revolutionary biblical generosity. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.