December 2, 2010
“I, God, want to reassure you. The God who buys you back, The Holy of Israel.” Psalm 41:15 The Message
What is your true worth …?
You are worth the “buy-back price”. You are worth the Son of Man searching .. seeking .. and serving you to the point that you realize that He “found” when you thought you couldn’t be found. You are worth all the time of eternity that it takes for Jesus to restore you to His original design .. whole .. free .. and full of God’s indefatigable love. You are worth that much to God. You are worth all the time that it takes for God .. the God of Angel-Armies .. the God of Great Deliverance .. the God who never sleeps and never tires of reassuring your heart: I love you .. You’re Mine .. You are perfect in my sight! God says all of those things and thousands more everyday because you are worth every drop of blood that ran out of the Son of Man for you. Your true worth? Jesus .. crucified .. risen .. coming back again. God bought you back for the price of eternal life when you were worth-less. He could have bought you for a bargain but you would never believe that you really meant much to Him. He could have made you pay it back .. but instead He covers your debt and then gives you an inheritance. And on top of it all He writes your name on the palm of His hand and it says “saint” .. holy one .. My chosen .. God’s delight. It is amazing how uncomfortable we are at viewing ourselves as “saints”. We are comfortable at being “saved sinners” because it implies there is still work to be done in me. But to hear His Spirit whisper “saint .. chosen by My love .. called before time began .. claimed on a cross .. rise to new life and live as Mine” … that seems too much. But not to God because you are worth that much to Him today. Your true worth? Jesus declares of your life: “Today is salvation day in this home” .. found and restored by My life and love. And He has moved in and is making your life a home where He dwells. And that means your life spreads immeasurable worth in everything you do today. You’re worth that much! It only takes a moment …
“Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is; Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.” Luke 19:9-10 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Worth-Restored Saints following Jesus and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org)