This kinda came to me today and I scribbled it down. I wrote 9 posts tonight on the new covenant, but I felt to write this post right away for reading tomorrow, before I leave for home. So here it is. Enjoy!
The way of the world can be summarized like this (right click the image and open in a new window to enlarge it and read this post)
The world has a limited amount of resources and an increasing population. This causes intense competition for limited resources. The end result is that we have to be better than the next person to get a job or to keep our job. As children we may learn to fight, bite and scratch more than the next child. As teens we may need to steal, cheat, lie or jump the queue to get desirable tickets to a concert. In business we might need to compete better, have greater focus or be more paranoid (courtesy of Andrew Grove)
The reason for this can be found in Genesis.
And to Adam He said, Because you have listened and given heed to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it, the ground is under a curse because of you; in sorrow and toil shall you eat [of the fruits] of it all the days of your life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return. – Gen 3:17-19
So we can clearly see the curse that has resulted in our modern overworked society. Most of us have experienced sorrow in our lives. Work quite often is “toil”. The ground (our work) doesn’t give up it’s benefits easily but only through hard labor and sweat.
But what if we had a saviour who could free us from all these curses?
Wouldn’t that be good news for men as they work, the ground would give up it’s blessings and we wouldn’t have to toil so much for so few rewards. Imagine the benefits to women in childbirth? What about the improvements for both men and women in their relationships?
To the woman he said,
“I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing;
with pain you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.” – Gen 3:16
Imagine that! Birth that is (mostly) free from pain and relationships between men and women not always based on the domination of the man and a hunger or craving in the woman. Perhaps (as a friend of mine said) it would be based on mutual respect?
It’s not a dream, it’s a reality. Jesus freed you from the curse!
Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This [note with its regulations, decrees, and demands] He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to [His] cross. – Col 2:14
Jesus has brought peace between you and God. (My next 9 posts on the new covenant explain this.)
I tested this out on a pregnant lady. I explained that every curse is on the cross of Jesus. She agreed and said she knows that. Then I explained that pain in childbirth is a curse. She agreed with me that that was an interesting connection to make! I just happened to meet her several months later, after the birth. I asked her how the birth went, was there any pain? She said she didn’t have any difficulty or pain. Woohoo! Jesus is Lord!
We as Christians do not need to live in fear and we do not need to live according to the word’s way. Jesus said that our Father knows our needs and we only need to ask for what we need (assuming we’re following Him, trusting Him and relying on Him).
So the Christian way can be summarized like this (right click the image and open in a new window to enlarge it and read this post)
You’ll notice I put two stars on the right next to a “step”. Which step is the primary one that God uses you to get moving and to grow in your walk with Him, depends on you! If you’re actively spending time listening to Him (daily quiet times, reading the bible, worshipping) then He can influence you by simply putting things on your heart and you’ll modify your behaviour. But most of us are not that easy to influence, so He might use the other step more – by introducing challenges or trials into your life through which you’ll learn something new and grow into Him.
I know which one I prefer! Sigh. If only I had the self-discipline. 😛