I heard this question in my Spirit whilst praying earlier today. And the depth of its meaning is just so unfathomable, that understanding it is not just about answering it.
The depth of this question is something like imagining if Christ hadn’t come and we had to rely on yearly sacrifices for the atonement of our sins;
“But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.” — Hebrews 10:3-4 NIV
Or imagining if even after He came, laid His life, defeated death and rose again; that there was a price tag placed on us earning our salvation… that we had to pay a fee to receive freedom, healing, and everything we currently benefit from that’s attached to accepting Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
It’s unfathomable. Yet God dropped it in my Spirit. I believe He did because He wants us to see how we’ve been existing. Beyond that, He wants us to know how making the decision to follow Christ, dying to sin and being made alive in Christ;
— “For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.”
Romans 6:4, 6-7 NLT —
should translate not just to how we live our lives serving Him but also to how we live our lives in service to others.
In writing this post and any other post that’s God-inspired, I might come off as out of sorts to anyone who reads, even to myself, but I understand that hearing God and obeying Him is more important than any perception of me. I’m focused on How God sees me, His approval of me, understanding Him and having the mind of Christ. So brace yourself because it will get real, unbearably real might I add. My prayer is that egos, wrong perceptions, beliefs and biases become powerless and submit completely to what God is saying to us through this post or any other platform that informs us about Him. And that He gives us individual revelations of Him by His grace.
I see quotes like “if you’re good at something, never do it for free”. I imagine that “if you paid to acquire knowledge/skill, never share it for free” is also an existing rule for people. It’s unfortunate that we live in a world where people would rather place value on and pick something that’s got a price tag or at the least, an offer tag over something that’s freely given. And if it’s freely given, it’s not quite regarded as such. Unless the world regards it. Unless the world values it. This is because the world as we know operates on certain principles when it comes to survival and sustenance. These principles dictate that we put a price on anything that’s of value.
Value is the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something; principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life; estimate the monetary worth of.
Value these days pertains to credit, assets, acquisitions, income, money etc. Understandable from a worldly perspective.
But what if we were to look at God’s perspective for survival and sustenance, and His intentions for the things He has given us to achieve both?
“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.
And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground— everything that has life.” And that is what happened.” — Genesis 1:28-30 NLT
God created the earth and mankind, asked us to be inhabit it, be fruitful and multiply. He gave us the earth at no cost to us and not because of anything we did. How is it that the world’s principles pertaining to inhabiting— land, property, traveling, etc dictate that a price tag be attached to it?
God created soil to produce and all kinds of fruit, creatures of the earth, in the sky and in the seas to produce all kinds meat. How is is that the world’s principles about feeding dictates that being able to eat can only achieved with a price attached to it?
Through Jesus, we have eternal life for free, not because of anything we did but because God loves us. How is it that the world’s principles about life dictates that living itself, good health as well as the skill of healing and providing healthcare to save lives; are only achievable with a price attached to it?
There are so many other examples to compare when it comes to God’s view of survival and sustenance and our worldly perceptions about survival and sustenance. All point to the truth that God freely gives us, yet we exploit and have been exploited for so long… since the fall of man.
The truth is, God instructed us to have dominion over everything he created. Not over mankind.
“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” — Genesis 1:28 NLT
God gives us life, blesses us and puts special gifts and abilities in us, not just for ourselves but for everyone around us to experience and partake in. He freely gives us, not for us to exploit ourselves, but so that we can share. And especially because He made it so that not one person has it all, so that we may depend on each other
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” — Romans 12:4-5 NLT
We may want to justify exploiting others because we ourselves have been exploited and after all that how the world exists. Our parents and their parents before them worked and earned wages to sustain us, to educate us, and give us a chance at a better life. And now we’re doing the same for our children. Whether it’s through climbing up the corporate ladder, honing our skills or becoming exceptional or empowering ourselves in our various fortes, were striving to become valuable so we can give our offspring chances at living better lives. In some other cases there isn’t any option of this better life. And so people resort to ill means, all to create a better life. In trying to ensure our survival and sustenance the way we’ve deemed fit, from the world’s perspective, we’ve somehow created this vicious life cycle of exploiting and being exploited.
I’m just asking and in asking trying to get us to think and hopefully act anew:
What if we turned away from worldly principles for survival and sustenance?
What if we didn’t exploit and put price tags on things we consider valuable?
What if we freely live as God instructed us?
What if we freely give as God gives us?