The world's economy generally works with the idea that you get what you deserve. If you work hard at your job, your boss will be happy and give you a raise. If you work hard at school, you will get good grades. If you work hard doing diet and exercise, you will reach your goal to get stronger or lose weight. On the flip side, if you don’t work hard at your job, you don’t deserve a raise. If you don’t study for a test, you shouldn’t get a good grade. If you don’t commit to your diet, you won't reach your goal. This all makes sense…you get what you deserve.
We have to thrive to become more and better to achieve our goals and climb the ladder. What do we do to climb the ladder with God? How does His economy work?
In Genesis 3, we see the story of Adam and Eve, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve were given an incredible garden to live in and eat from; they had everything they could imagine. God tells them not to eat of one tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The story goes on…Eve is tempted by the serpent and she eats the fruit. She gives the fruit to Adam and he eats it as well. This is described as the fall of man. They disobeyed God’s only rule. We know that the wages of sin are death from Romans 6:23. So they deserved to die, they deserved to be separated from God. God could have so easily restarted, erased the earth, and created a new one. Why didn’t He? God’s economy works differently than the world’s economy.
The story of Adam and Eve goes on, and we see God provide animal skins for Adam and Eve to wear. We know where animal skins come from. This is the first bloodshed we see, the first time sacrifice is the cover for sin.
God’s economy works in our favor. When we don’t deserve a second chance, God gives us one. When we fall short and sin, God gives us a bridge to Him. When we deserve death, we have been given life.
How are you making the most of the life God has given you? Are you accepting the grace that God has given you when you sin, or are you still feeling guilt over it? God wants us to thrive! He loves us and only wants to give us the best! He doesn’t want us to feel like we are always letting Him down, or that we need to hide from Him like Adam and Eve did. Ask for forgiveness, then move on with confidence and do what God calls you to do.