“We can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit. – Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t wait for us to get ready. He presented Himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyways. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put His love on the line for us by offering His Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to Him. – Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of His Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of His resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!” (The Message Translation)
Wow! Whenever I read this portion of scripture, it only further instills in me the importance of our worship to God. The simple fact that Jesus did not have to come to earth and die for all men, but that He did makes my heart want to give Him everything within me. One verse in the Message translation refers to Jesus coming to a sin sick world. I generally think about how easily He could have stayed up there in heaven, yet He gave up everything to come to earth just to die for you and me. If that doesn’t make you want to worship, I don’t know what will. This passage goes on to say that even when we were at odds with God, He sent Jesus (His only Son) to die for mankind. When we were at our worst Christ died for us. Wow! What a statement. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to freely give up something we as human beings hold so dear – life itself. He freely gave it up so we could have a way to the Father. The simple fact that when the world would have looked on us and said we were unworthy of such a gift, He saw through all the dirt and stains and found us worthy of such a beautiful gift – His sacrificial death. When hearing all of this we are (as the passage says) no longer content to simply say it in some plodding prose, but we sing it and shout our praises at the top of our lungs to God through Jesus, the Messiah. This is the only true response – the offering up of our whole selves in worship to Him.
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