A friend asked me recently “Jason, what does ‘imputed’ mean?”
No, she wasn’t a Christian. And no we weren’t studying the Bible. We were studying for an accounting exam at uni. The reason she asked is that one of our questions had a factor called “the imputed interest rate.”
“I can’t really think of how to explain it in accounting terms” I said, “but in theology, imputation is where the righteousness of Jesus Christ is credited to our account and our sin is credited to his account.”
“You’re a really strange person” she responded. Then she said she was joking and we all laughed.
It got me thinking and here are a few of my thoughts…
• You never know when you might get a chance to share some aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone.
• I’m glad I knew my theology better than I knew my accounting.
• How many believers would have had to say “I don’t know, let me look it up.”
• Why did I hesitate to bring up the theology of the gospel with this friend?
• You never know when theology will come in handy in an exam!