Have you ever told a friend or loved one that you would do anything for them? Perhaps this person(s) mean the absolute world to you.I know I have a few people in my life that I would cross so many Red Seas for. But…what would you say if I asked if you would die for this person(s)? In all honesty, I would not be able to fill that slot. I know when I take my last breath here on Earth I will be taking my first breath into Heaven, but I am still afraid of dying, let alone dying for another person. There is only one person who took that penalty and that person is Jesus Christ. In 1 John 4:14 it says: Because God loves us so much, He gave us the greatest gift He could ever give to us. He gave His Son to us to be our Savior. The Bible says, “…the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” Jesus willingly took our place and endured sin itself. He carried ever single burden we feel in our daily lives. There were many times Jesus was tempted to walk away, when He felt like the road He was riding was too long. But, He didn’t. He stood His ground, He constantly called to His Father for wisdom, patience, self control, and sacrifice so that we all would have a way to Heaven, to our real home.
Today’s key verse is found in 1 Corinthians 6:20: “For you were bought at a price. So, glorify God with your whole body.” When someone does something so miraculous we want to give back to them instantly. A few days ago I was driving by Publix near my work and I saw this particular man who sitting on the ground and he was making art with the grass weeds next to the road. I found what he was doing fascinating and I went over to him to look more into it. The first thing he told me was, “please take one of these.” There was no sign that said “Please Help” next to him. No bucket that said, “Donations are Welcomed.” It was just a simple man making art for everyone to have. I knelt down next to him and asked what his name was. His name was Ralph and he and his partner in crime Felicia roam the streets to find whatever food or garbage they could find. The more that I talked to this man, the more I felt God’s spirit. He told me the most influential words that struck my heart instantly: “This life around you is short, but our God is forever. We are going to be going home to a beautiful place. Oh my…what a God we serve!” All the pain I was feeling that day was quickly drawn away. This homeless man basically slapped me in the face with such words of wisdom and truth. We constantly ask God day and night to fulfill our needs and for Him to be there for us, but we always quickly begin to doubt Him and eventually fail Him. Don’t you see? WE WERE BOUGHT AT A PRICE. WE ARE CHOSEN. WE ARE LOVED. WE ARE WANTED. WE WERE DIED FOR. Jesus is all around! Jesus is here! Our sin doesn’t define us. Our job occupation, marital status, ethnicity, race, sex, etc. does not define who we are. Our past mistakes are the PAST. Rejoice because you have been made NEW in CHRIST!
“Be always greatly humbled by your remaining sin, and never think that you lie low enough for it, but yet don’t be discouraged or disheartened by it. Although we are exceedingly sinful, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ. The righteous, the preciousness of whose blood, the merit of whose righteousness, and the greatness of whose love and faithfulness infinitely over top the highest mountains of our sins.” Jonathan Edwards
Our Earthly hearts will always be full of sin, selfish desires, and at times evil. That doesn’t mean that we have to live that way. We are called to be more. We were called to work for God and to spread His love and grace to each passing person: “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8.