If you stand in front of your average child and inform them you are upside down, they will undoubtedly look at you and laugh declaring that you are standing upright. If you state this to an older adult, they may shake their head and offer their sympathies, surmising that you are in some financial trouble. As many home and property owners know, upside down implies the amount owed on a mortgage loan for a property is more than the property is worth. It may be possible to ride out this financial crisis but for some, a sale at a loss may be the only feasible solution.
No one ever intends to be upside down on their mortgage but circumstances may change in our lives or in the local economy. With little or no warning, we may find ourselves in a dire situation that may force us into desperate measures. The analogy to my own spiritual life is sobering. I do not begin each day with the intention to commit sin yet how often, within a few hours of waking, do I find myself committing sins of commission or omission? Before I realize it, my spiritual life is upside down, trapped in a morass of sin. What hope is there for me?
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15 (ESV)
I am upside down. I owe far more to Jesus Christ than I can ever pay. His sacrifice and death on the Cross took the penalty of sin that I rightly deserved. God, the Creator of the universe, took the initiative to come to earth as a humble and frail man, to redeem me of my sins. He revived my soul when I was dying in sin.
Thanks be to God that through His grace and mercy, He has made me upright so that I may be accepted as a child of God and fellow heir to salvation through faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.