1 Peter 1:18-19 “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
To redeem something (it has to do with purchase) you take something like a watch and hock it, pawn it, and to redeem it is to get it out of hock.
Satan put everyone of us in hock, he pawned us into a state of sin and Jesus went down to the pawn shop and redeemed us! So we were held in pawn, in sin, and there was a price of value placed on us. It wasn’t gold or silver, not corruptible things. He redeemed us from our empty lifestyle and set us free with the blood of Jesus Christ! He redeemed us with blood! So how can we be saved and question our value? When God gave His only begotten son as an expression of how far He would go to get us back. We are only worth as much as somebody would pay to get us back. Look how much He paid! We are valued based on how much He paid to get us out of hock. Why would He pay that much and love us living in a pawn shop? He didn’t redeem us so we could go to church on Sunday and live like hell from Monday to Saturday being oppressed, depressed, burdened down with baggage, anger, or insecurity. That would be wasted money!
He redeemed us with His blood! Value is determined by sacrifice! When we understand this and live sacrificially on all fronts, the church will then be in position for the moral renovation of the world! “And unto the outermost part of the earth!” (Acts 1:8c).
When you really love you will sacrifice! God is successful because He sacrificed. What you value effects the decisions you make, what you value is what you will sacrifice for, love gives by sacrifice. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16).
Sometimes love requires losing, sacrifice. God wants us to live on sacrifice, to live on giving! Putting ourselves in the uncomfortable place.
In the kingdom success is based on sacrifice. You see success, but God sees sacrifice. If you are going to communicate with a God who determines success by sacrifice you have to speak in the language of the God you are connected to, you have to value sacrifice. You are praying for success, but God is asking for sacrifice! “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness until all nations, and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:24).