SILVER & GOLD
by Cindy Mapes
We just finished watching and discussing THE CHOSEN. Friends, if you have not watched any of these episodes, I encourage you to view these. Movies always make an impact for us. You see on screen stories come to life. When Jesus met the woman at the well and asked her for a drink of water, it gave me goose bumps. The Bible stories I remember now jump out and become real.
The verse I am siting today is from 1 Peter 1:18-19 ‘For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver and gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb’
What does that even mean? When I think of blemishes I think of imperfections in our complexions or maybe your driving record is not so “clean.” And inheriting from our grandparents, like what, the sterling silver set grandma had that only comes out during the holidays? Did God pay with silver and gold for our transgressions?
I think Peter is telling us that God’s value placed in us is showing the price he paid. He didn’t pay with cash, nor “silver and gold”. He didn’t pay a temporary currency price for an eternal transaction. Verse 19 says he paid WITH THE BLOOD OF HIS OWN SON. He is saying our decisions today, or our “transactions” are what really matter. We are not worthless, we have value. We matter to Him.
God has placed a high value on our lives, which he paid for with the blood of Christ. He wants us to be earnest and share the love of Christ. Isn’t that what we hear at the end of many sermons? Now go out and share the love of Christ. 1 Peter 4:7-5:11 shares that Jesus could return at any time and those who believe should live responsibly.
So, this doesn’t mean you inherited bad skin from your family. Nor does it say God does not love us. To me, it says He loves us enough and we should be respectful. Show the love of Jesus to everyone you meet. SPPC is San Pedro Presbyterian Church, but is also SHARE THE PROMISE OF PEACE IN CHRIST.