Do you have a nice home? And even a holiday home?
Do you have a vehicle – or even two?
Are you able to purchase not just necessities, but luxuries too?
Do you have a chunky bank account?
Can you regularly eat out?
Do you have a Smart Phone?
Can you have an annual holiday – or even two?
Don’t you ever have to worry about paying your bills?
I don’t know if you feel as I do, but I am tired of hearing the word ‘privileged’ and especially the term ‘white privilege’.
Whatever colour, race, or gender you happen to be born as, or whatever you possess, none of the above makes you ‘privileged’.
For me, there is only one thing that makes someone ‘privileged’ and it has nothing to do with possessions, wealth, status, or colour.
Dictionary definition of ‘Privilege’ : a special right that most do not have; advantage; immunity granted available only to a particular person or group; liberty granted as a favour or benefit.
It matters not, if we have much or little because to be ‘privileged’ is a ‘richness’ of a different kind when we know the Lord!
You are ‘privileged’ if you know the Lord, because it was God who ‘drew’ you, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44).
So as just as the dictionary describes the word ‘privilege’ you now have some special right; an advantage, a benefit that most do not have; a liberty granted as a favour.
What is this ‘special ‘right?’ What is this advantage? What is this favour?
* Your sins are forgiven through the shed blood of the precious Saviour when He ‘drew’ you.
* You are now covered with His ‘robe’ “He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:19).
* You now have eternal life and will not die,”He who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25);
* You now have a mediator, Jesus, to approach the Holy God of all creation; the right to have fellowship with Him; the right to pray to Him; the ‘privilege’ of having access to Him,“There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). This, and only this, is what being ‘privileged’ really is whether you have much or little!
We were ‘dead’ in trespasses and sins, and had nothing whatsoever to do with this ‘privilege,’ this benefit, this favour. ‘Dead’ means ‘dead’ so we were unable to lift a finger towards our ‘privilege’ It was He who ‘quickened’ us. It was He who made us alive to Him. If it were possible for us to have done anything at all towards this ‘special right’ and this ‘advantage’ this ‘gift’ Christ Jesus would not needed to have died on the cross and we could have continued trying to earn ‘brownie points’ making Christ’s death on the cross nothing more than an innocent man suffering a terrible death, “You have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT (i,e an immunity granted; a special right; favour; benefit. A PRIVILEGE) of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
Jesus said: ”I say unto you, he who does not enter by the door but climbs up some other way is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1). This Scripture does away with trying to ‘attain’ by ‘brownie points’ – which can be a stumbling block to many who may feel they do not need a Saviour because of their good works (of course, when we have been saved, the love of God compels us to want to do good things, but not because we are ‘climbing’ another way).
Of course, once we have been ‘drawn’ and are in that ‘privileged person’ group then it is up to each to continue seeking Him, to know more of Him, to grow closer to Him – and also to ‘produce’ “Some hundred fold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold” (Matthew 13:8).
Regardless of what we have, or don’t have we are ‘privileged’ when we are a true born-again Christian, washed in the blood of Jesus.
Everything here is temporal, and the real, true, ultimate ‘privilege’ will be arriving at the gates of The Promised Land, walking on those streets of pure gold, residing in our own ‘bespoke mansion’ where there is no sadness, disappointment, grief, sickness, and death, or anything else to endure in this morally-declining world. But above all…
the utter and absolute ‘privilege will be, at last, actually seeing the face of God! “Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:7).
What an unspeakable, unearned, undeserved and absolute ‘privilege’
If anyone says to you, ‘You are ‘privileged you are’ reply to them by saying … ‘Yes, I am, and you can be too!’ And pray that the Lord will ‘draw’ them through you.
If anyone reading this, is both ‘privileged’ and is well-blessed with the material goods of this world (because God does bless whom He chooses to bless, and you should not be ashamed or embarrassed by God’s blessing) then….
“Instruct those who are rich in this world… to be generous and ready to share” (1 Timothy 6:17).