May 10, 2011
“… I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.” Isaiah 43:3-4 The Message
He’s all in …?
There is no backup plan! There never has been. There is only One plan: redeeming and restoring. God has always and is always all in when it comes to your life. As the Montana Jesus Follower writes: He’s all in so you can live all out. (Heb. 9:12) You’re loved that much so that you can love others that same amount. Just think: Nothing can “drive a wedge between you and Christ’s love for you. Your life was a huge price and God has never looked back! He’s never regretted taking on your condition .. being exposed to the worst of your life .. and “selling off His Son” to get you back. That means He’s taken on all those trouble spots .. hard times spots .. hated spots .. backstabbing spots .. self-interest spots .. self-centered spots .. and self-serving spots. Every last spot in your life that could keep you separated from His redeeming love. That means your life is the physical .. visible .. audible expression of the glory of Christ. (Major Ian Thomas) Have you ever hesitated over buying something? When it came to your life … God didn’t hesitate one moment. That’s how much you’re loved and how great is Christ’s love that holds your life together at this moment. You probably have a backup plan or two concerning your life. God doesn’t. Are those backup plans heavy? He’ll be glad to take them off your shoulders and lighten up your heart. It only takes a moment …
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? … Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture” Romans 8:31-33, 39 The Message
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