The Negotiation

shaking handsNegotiations occur every day in everyone’s life.  Some people don’t even realize they’re negotiating during the day, but we all are.  In every negotiation there can be a plethora of variables to consider.  Two variables considered in this blog are the value of what’s being exchanged and the timing for each party to receive what they want.

Basically two parties are negotiating when each party perceives the value of what they’re receiving is of equal or greater value than what they’re giving up.  However, this becomes more interesting when the benefit being received is not given simultaneously with what is being paid in exchange to receive that benefit.  When this occurs the person paying needs to negotiate a mechanism to ensure that even though they have paid up front in full their future benefits will actually be delivered.

A simultaneous exchange occurs at the grocery store; you get to take your groceries out of the store at the same time the grocer gets their money.  In the case of groceries where there is a simultaneous exchange of products for money there is no need to control the timing of the receipt of future benefits.

Timing to receive the benefit is as crucial as the value of the benefit.  Timing greatly impacts value.  If one were to give you a million dollars that has tremendous value.  But if the timing for you to receive it is 1,000 years from now, that makes if of little value.

As in the above example, if the benefits are not received simultaneously there must be a mechanism established in the negotiations between the parties so the buyer actually gets what was promised.  An example of this is a warranty, let’s say for a car.  You pay, or promise to pay if you finance any part of the price, in full when you drive it off the lot not knowing if it will deliver the promised benefit of years of dependable service.  The automobile manufacturer warrants today that it will fix or repair the vehicle in the future if it doesn’t deliver the benefits as promised.

A warranty, or any promise of future benefits, is only as good as the financial strength and integrity of the entity promising these future benefits.  A warranty for a DeLorean has no worth today.

What if your car breaks but you don’t take it in for warranty even though you’ve paid for it and the manufacturer is willing to give you the benefit, or make the repair.  Audi promised me a future benefit of hand washing my car at no additional cost to me if I come to their dealership.  It’s up to me to go get my benefit.  If I don’t get my car washed it’s not the dealers fault.  It’s my fault.

When Jesus, the perfect sacrifice willingly gave his life on the cross for us he both paid the full price we owed but also provided all the benefits.  The future benefit to God for his son paying the price for our atonement was for God to again be able to have unrestrained fellowship with us His crowning creation.

The mechanism for both God and us to receive our respective future benefits that Jesus fully paid for at the cross is faith.  God, not forcing us to accept the atoning work of Jesus, has faith that we will accept his son as our savior, be restored to unfettered fellowship with Him and walk in his ordinances and precepts.  We have faith that if fellowship with God and walk in His ordinances and precepts we can receive all the benefits that the Bible promises, i.e.: wisdom, health, peace, love, fulfillment, etc.

So we as believers have a package of future benefits that has been fully paid for, but will we go receive them?  Many people wonder why God isn’t intervening on their behalf today while they drive around in a dirty car.