1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
We must be redeemed from our vain conversation received by tradition from our fathers. Vain conversation means empty, useless behavior and ways of living. Specifically, traditions received from our fathers.
We jump through a lot of hoops in life, like we were performing in a circus, because we think that’s what it takes to please people, the church, God or some spiritual leader. All the while, it is nothing but an empty meaningless ritual to the LORD. We do this and we don’t do that, we go here and don’t go there, we believe this and we don’t believe that and it’s all because someone told me that’s what is required if I want to be right.
As someone once rightly said, religion is on the outside but a relationship with the lover of my soul is on the inside. We can wrap ourselves with any label we wish, on the outside, and it is nothing but empty and meaningless behavior, if I don’t have a living love relationship with the Lamb of God on the inside. Embracing traditions of our fathers is, in principle, the same as trying to buy our way in with silver and gold. The way “in” can not be bought but is a free gift to me called the precious blood of the Lamb.
The bondage of religion is loosed and the love of a relationship with Jesus Christ fills your being when you discover the stream of the blood of the Lamb that goes all the way back to the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
In Acts chapter three, Peter and John were on their way to the Temple to pray and the passed a poor man begging alms. Peter looked at the man and said, “…Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” This poor man was raised up and went in the Temple with Peter and John, shouting and praising God. Peter and John gave him the more important thing which was the love of God.
That doesn’t mean that we aren’t to help people financially when it is appropriate. It just means that silver and gold can’t redeem me. The empty behaviors of tradition can’t redeem me. I must have a living relationship with the Lamb of God.