Some folk say we all are equal before God. That He has no favorites.
This is true.
God gives liberally to all men without partiality. He is no respecter of persons.
Others say it is therefore impossible for any child of God to be closer to Him than His other children. And that we all have the same value before God. Since we were all saved and we all come to God by the same precious blood of Jesus Christ.
This is not true*
We are all equal before God, in terms of what we are worth in His sight; but not all of us are of the same usefulness to Him.
We are all invited to the same level of intimacy, but not all of us make equal use of this invitation
Not all whom God loves unconditionally, love Him unconditionally
And this is the difference:
God’s love gives us proximity, but it is loving God that gives us intimacy.
God’s love gives us gifts**, but loving God brings forth fruit.
Gifts come freely (He paid the price), but fruits come with a personal price.
God’s unconditional love gives us life, our unconditional love for God brings us death.
Fruit is the product of the presence of life in the inner man and the process of death of the outward man. The life inside shines the more the outer man dies
It is what we give up and walk away from for His sake, what we lay down and die to, that determines our usefulness.
We cannot love without giving up things. What God gave up for us makes us worthy in His sight, what we give up for Him makes us useful to Him.
We are called because God loves us, and chosen in order to love God.
Many are called, but do not know this. Therefore, few are chosen.
In the final analysis, all God’s children are accepted and beloved, but those that bear more fruit are recognized and rewarded more in terms of intimacy, approval, and entrusting of kingdom matters***
So in a great house, there are many vessels. Some of wood and earth, and some of gold and silver, some for noble and some for ignoble use.
And it depends on the man, not on God (take solace, with me…in this). The man who purifies himself from certain things, becomes more fit for the Master’s use. He becomes more useful.
Exodus 30 is not the same as Leviticus 27.
In Exodus 30, every one gives half a shekel as a ransom for his or her soul, whether male or female. The rich cannot give more and the poor cannot give less. When it comes to ransom for the soul, all are equal before God
In Leviticus 27, we have different offerings stipulated by God, depending on age and gender, from 3 shekels to 50 shekels, depending on who is giving. God estimates each person’s worth differently.
Exodus 30 is about salvation, atonement, redemption, God’s pursuit of you, the measure of grace and access.
All have equal weight irrespective of spiritual growth or gifting in the body whether apostle or bishop or newly saved or backslidden.
Leviticus 27 is about consecration, dying to self, the pursuit of God, and measure of separation from things unto God.
Some are “worth more” than others.
*We all come to Him by the same precious blood of Christ. And nothing more. That is true.
** Fruit here means becoming conformed to the image of His Son, in person, and in power(Romans 8:28&29) while gifts refer to every thing available in the new covenant (Romans 8:32).
*** Not always on a scale appreciable to the five senses, but frequently so.