Up, Personal Worth, And Personal Value
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3:21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made
known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness
from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is
no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came
by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, I
through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice,
because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand
unpunished—26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time,
so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Our Bag Of Garbage
going to Christ for redemption, we carry around a bag of garbage called
sin that God despises, the same bag of garbage weighing us down in every
matter of our life. Keep in mind you are not despised by God. Instead of
being despised, you are loved by God. It is the sin God despises, not you.
Just because you fall down does not mean God doesn’t love you. God does
sometimes hate the way you act, think, and feel. Yet, even as displeased
as God is with you, He still sent His Son into the world to die for you.
You Are Priceless
of us are like birds in a cage that Christ came to set free. Christ came
into the world as one of us. He stepped down into the world not to condemn
us, but to get us to get our act together…to save us from being
swallowed up by eternal darkness. The same eternal darkness haunting us,
swallowing us up, and telling us we are no good. The same eternal darkness
telling us we are worthless and have no value. You are worth so much
God’s only Son was willing to die for you. To God and to Christ, you are
God Bought You Twice
way, God has bought you twice.
is a story about the little boy who built a sailboat. The boy built the
sailboat and had it all fixed up, tarred and painted. He took the sailboat
to the lake and pushed the boat in the water hoping the sailboat would
sail. Sure enough, a wisp of breeze filled the little sail and it billowed
and went rippling along the waves. Suddenly before the little boy knew it,
the boat was out of his reach, even though he waded in fast and tried to
grab the boat. As he watched the boat float away, he hoped maybe the
breeze would shift and the boat would sail back to him. Instead, he
watched his sailboat go farther and farther until it was gone. When he
went home crying, his mother asked, “What's wrong, didn't it work?"
And the little boy said, "It worked too well." Sometime later,
the little boy was downtown and walked past a second hand store. There in
the window he saw his sailboat. It was unmistakably his, so he went in and
said to the proprietor, "That's my boat." The little boy walked
to the window, picked the boat up and started to leave. The owner of the
shop said, "Wait a minute, Sonny. That's my boat. I bought it from
someone." The boy said, "No, it's my boat. I made it. See."
And the boy showed the store owner the little scratches and the marks
where the boy hammered and filed. The man said, "I'm sorry, Sonny. If
you want the boat, you have to buy it." The poor little guy didn't
have any money, but he worked hard and saved his pennies. Finally, one day
he had enough money. He went in and bought his little boat. As the boy
left the store holding the boat close to the boy’s chest, the boy was
heard saying, "You're my boat. You're twice my boat. First you're my
boat 'cause I made you and second you're my boat 'cause I bought
You Are Not Cheap
you ever think you aren't worth much and if you think you're cheap, just
remember what God thinks of you. God thinks you're His. Twice His. First
you're His because He made you. Second you're His because He bought you on
the cross. Christ paid a price to redeem you. So let go of your stress and
feelings of inferiority. Let go of your feelings of worthlessness. Let go
of your sins of darkness into the care of Christ hanging on the cross for
Material Things Are Not
things cannot buy you. If some people were as worthless as they think they
are, Jesus would not have appeared to anyone after He came back from the
tomb. Whatever picture you have of yourself in your mind, heart, and
soul…regardless of how your picture got formed, regardless of the pain
and suffering others put upon you, regardless of the humiliation you might
have had to go through in your life, this picture or image you hold of
yourself isn’t complete until you feel Christ’s love wrapped around
you in the form of a big hug.
“Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, ‘Bob, why are you resisting
me?’” I said, “I’m not resisting you!” Jesus said, “You gonna
follow me?” I said, “I’ve never thought about that before!” Jesus
said, “When you’re not following me, you’re resisting me.” Bob
Dylan (b. 1941),
singer, songwriter. Quoted in: Q
Magazine (London, Jan. 1990), said on stage at
, May 1980.
Christ Standing Near
human being ought to think of himself or herself without seeing the
picture of Christ standing nearby with His hand on his or her shoulder.
Christ calls us to turn away from the old picture we have of ourselves.
calls you to turn away from the old ideas you have about yourself. Christ
calls you to turn away from the old ideas you have about what is important
in your life. When you turn away from the old garbage you carry around,
you also turn away from the old pictures of yourself without Him. When you
turn toward Christ and accept Him into the picture of yourself, or accept
Him into your life, a very big event occurs in your life called
Your Big Event
big event called redemption is like taking your green stamps to the
redemption center and walking out with something new. In the case of your
personhood, you become “someone” new. Our redemption center is The
we go to our redemption center of The Cross, we go home with something.
our world changes
second of your life, Jesus asks the question, “Do you love me? Do you
understand what I did on the Cross for you? Do you accept me into your
is hard to tell whether Christ is calling people away from the world
because of the way things appear in the world at this moment. However, you
have a terrific journey ahead. Your journey has obstacles and roadblocks,
smooth places, and big freeways. However, as His redeemed child, your life
is still a terrific journey.
you have never answered Christ’s call upon your life, answer His call
today, email me, and tell me about your decision.
appeared in September, 2009, in the Virtual Church
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