THE TREASUSE IS IN YOU AND YOU ARE THE TREASURE
In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs there is a gradual ascent from survival needs to the more elevated and glorious expressions of humanity. Only when our basic requirements for food and safety are met, can humans consider more higher needs such as achieving the cultivation of our mind and the fullness of our humanity. A corollary of this is that if our obsession is on meeting basic needs, on surviving in a kind of poverty mentality; our imagination shrinks, our intellect withers and we become people without vision and boldness.
This is particularly noticeable among people who are not poor but who live poor because they live in a scarcity identity out of childhood experiences or a combination of fear and selfishness that grows a scrooge like attitude to life. Hanging on to your stuff can mean hanging on to one’s limited ideas. Misunderstandings and just plain ignorance. Such conservatism is a G-clamp on the mind and a disease of the soul. Here ‘vision’ is never more than hanging on to what you have.
Forgiveness is the basic need of humanity, followed by not degrading ourselves with ungodly modes of being. But our inheritance is more than this. It’s the life of God in us and as us in the present and the eternal life that follows as a result of the up-welling of Christ our life in our being. This makes us sons instead of workers and slaves. To live from the law in sin consciousness is to live from a poverty mentality.
RICHES OF HIS HUMANITY IN YOU
We are wealthy in Christ. We are sons and daughters of God in Christ. Not poor hopeless sinners begging God to have mercy on us. We live not only in God’s mercy but in the abundance of Christ’s life for us in every way.
“In him our humanity, our human understanding, our human word are taken up, purified and sanctified, and addressed to God the Father for us as our very own - and that is the word of man with which God is well pleased.
“In [Jesus Christ] our humanity, our human understanding, our human word are taken up, purified and sanctified, and addressed to God the Father for us as our very own - and that is the word of man with which God is well pleased… With the Incarnation the Sonship of the Son of God has been incorporated into the inter-personal and family structures of our human existence… We are to think of the whole life and activity of Jesus from the cradle to the grave as constituting the vicarious human response to himself which God has freely and unconditionally provided for us.”
We can live in abundance or in a Christian poverty mentality. Jesus has drawn us into the richness of His life as sons of God.
If we desire we can ignore the generosity of this great salvation, convincing ourselves that it is too good to be true and containing ourselves in our self-vindication and attachment distorted gospels and implicitly charging Jesus with ‘being a hard man, reaping where He did not sow.’ Because we are attached to the niggardly religion of our forebears from whom we think we have obtained some status and identity.
‘For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them’ Matt 25.29 NIV.