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Coin of the Realm
by Rubel Shelly
With the dawn of the New Year 2002, twelve European countries made the biggest monetary conversion in history. For all the historical and sentimental value attached to francs, lira, marks, and other familiar currencies, they have now been officially abandoned in favor of the new euro.
Although euro notes and coins will circulate with the old currencies for varying periods, the plan calls for 300 million Europeans to be using only the euro within two months of E-Day as January 1, 2002, was dubbed.
There were heated political debates. There were protests. There were dire predictions of confusion and economic disarray. But the changeover took place. And if Im ever in Europe again, I will have to change dollars for euros. Thats just the way money works. Travelers must use coin of the realm.
The same thing is true in principle for flesh and Spirit, the world and the kingdom of God. In the former, money, sex, and power are typically regarded as having ultimate value. Look Out for Number One is the operative principle. Ive even seen The One With the Most Toys Wins splashed on bumper stickers.
If you intend to live a spiritual life that honors God and fulfills your proper destiny, you will have to cash in the old currencies of materialism, sensualism, and intimidation. Prejudice and hatred, anger and impurity, lust and stupor, selfishness and greed they wont spend in the world of virtue and right relationships. They must be traded in for new coinage that will include self-control and kindness, generosity and faithfulness, humility and patience, peace and joy.
The most important unit of currency in this new country is love. It is what you will spend on such cherished items as care for others, sacrifice, and forgiveness. Its coin of the realm for where youve always wanted to be.
If we are going to live for the Kingdom, then were going to have to change our worldly coin to coin of Gods realm. I find it interesting that even banks call this exchange of currency process conversion.