Are you Privileged?

 

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 only necessities, but luxuries too?

Do you have a chunky bank account?

Can you eat out regularly?

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?

Whatever colour, race, or gender you happen to be born as, or whatever you possess, none of the above makes you ‘privileged’.

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’.

There is only one thing that makes someone ‘privileged’ and it has nothing to do with possessions, wealth, status, or colour. It matters not, if we have much or little because to be ‘privileged’ is a ‘richness’ of a different kind.

Dictionary definition of ‘Privilege’: a special right that most do not have; an advantage; an immunity granted available only to a particular person or group; a favour or benefit.

You are ‘privileged’ if you know the Lord but it had nothing to do with you! “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44). “And the Lord opened her heart to respond” (Acts 16;14).

So now that you are ‘privileged’ you have a special right; an advantage; a benefit.

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.

* You are now covered with His ‘robe’ “He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:19).

* You now have eternal life so will not die,”He who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25);

* You now have a mediator to approach the Holy God of 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’ you spiritually. It was He who made you alive to Him, “Blessed are you Simon, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven” (Matthew 17:17).

If it were possible for anyone to have done anything at all towards this ‘special right’ this ‘advantage’ this ‘favour’ – then the Lord would not have needed to die 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 of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

This is why there is no room for ‘boasting’ about being saved because according to these Scriptures we had nothing to do with it. So if you are praying for someone you know to get saved, whether it be a husband, wife, son, daughter, or friend, you may need to wait until God begins to ‘draw them’ as He did you. And it could be you who God uses to ‘draw them’ through your example of love, kindness, patience, and humble attitude for God’s graciousness to you. The process can begin gradually in someone’s heart. I know some who cannot ‘point’ to the actual day they got saved, saying for them it was a gradual process of acceptance and surrender.

Once we have been ‘drawn’ and are ‘privileged’ then it is up to each to continue seeking Him, to know more of Him, to grow closer to Him, and also to ‘produce’ fruits of the Spirit. “Some hundred fold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold” (Matthew 13:8). This Scriptures shows that not all will be quick producers!  

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.

The real and ultimate ‘privilege’ will be arriving at the gates of The Promised Land, walking on those streets of pure gold, residing in our ownbespoke mansion where there’s 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’ reply… ‘Yes, I am, and you can be too!’ And pray that the Lord will begin to ‘draw’ them through you! 

If anyone reading this, is both ‘privileged’ and well-blessed with the material goods of this world (because God does bless whom He chooses to bless, and no-one should be ashamed or embarrassed about God’s blessing) then…. 

“Instruct those who are rich in this world… to be generous and ready to share” (1 Timothy 6:17).

God bless. Christine.

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By Christine Smith