1 Peter 1:18-19: “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

Isn’t it interesting that Peter calls silver and gold perishables? Have you ever thought of storing your silver and gold items in the refrigerator? Probably not!

As is always the case when it comes to reading any passage of Scripture, there is more to it than meets the eye at first glance.

Peter calls things perishable that leave us empty. He is talking about “the empty way of life” which runs in the family. We live that way because that’s how our parents and grandparents and great grandparents before us lived – and we’re continuing in the same fashion.

Jesus breaks with this family tradition. He redeems us from the empty way of life.

What is the empty way of life you may ask?

King Solomon experienced firsthand how perishable wealth can be, and here is his take on life (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2) :

“The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’
    says the Teacher.
‘Utterly meaningless!
   Everything is meaningless.’”

King Solomon was very acquainted with the empty way of life. In his book Ecclesiastes he went into much detail to depict a life void of any meaning. An empty life is a meaningless life. Suffering from depression is a common side effect and completely understandable: Why would anybody want to live if life didn’t matter?

Thankfully, we were not created to live the empty way of life. We were created to live Eternal Life, the kind of life that’s meaningful. God makes all the difference. Try as we may, we won’t find fulfillment outside His realm. It’s unnatural to live separated from the source of all being. It’s the most natural thing in the world to be reunited with God – that’s where we belong.

We’re the best version of ourselves when we are with God. In case you were wondering, the privilege of being with God is not reserved for the afterlife alone. We can be with Him as we go about our daily business. Eternal Life starts in the here and now. That’s the gift of Jesus, and that’s what is called “redemption”.

Meaningful, meaningful – everything becomes utterly meaningful as soon as God enters the equation. That’s my personal experience, and I pray it’s yours, too!

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