The gift God gives us through the sacrifice of His Son brings the dawn of a new day in your life. Are you going to set a new course away from hardship or continue to focus on those who oppose you?
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Romans 8:31-32 (NASB)
Who is against us? That question instantly put someone or a group of someones in your mind. God is for us, you in particular. Recall Genesis 1:31 where God saw everything He had made and pronounced it ‘…very good.” Some will say God was just talking about what was there at that time, but I’d like to think He saw much more than just what was presently before Him. I’d like to think he saw the wholeness of time all the way down to you and me when He said “…it was very good.”
Really, God is for me, you ask? Yes, God is for you, specifically. How do I know that? Easy. John 3:16, “For God so loved the WORLD…” You are part of The World, and God loves you, just as you are. That’s why He’s for you, because He loves you.
Some folks read verse 32 of the Romans passage above and take that to mean Christians should expect to get all material wealth they want. That’s not the intent or point of that passage, but it’s also not a restriction either. God already gave us the single most valuable thing He could, His only son.
Forget for a moment the supernatural nature of who Jesus is now and was while He yet abided upon the earth with Mankind. God, as a father sent His Son to a battlefield to stand up for those who needed defending, you and me. God’s Son laid down His life in the service of His fellow Man defending your life and mine, and everyone else’s. We laud that sacrifice in our men and women of valor who serve in the armed forces, we should laud that sacrifice on a human level in Jesus as well. But the human level isn’t where this sacrifice stops.
Jesus was the perfect Son of God. His sacrifice became the final one needed to set all of Mankind right with a god of justice who keeps His own rules. With Jesus’ sacrifice God made it possible for all of us to be embraced with the imputed righteousness of the One who was sacrificed.
I close each of these devotions by emphasizing how valuable you are to God with the title of the book that will soon be out, You Are Worthy. There is a specific meaning to that title and it is often misunderstood by those who already walk closely with God and His Son, Jesus, the Christ. This title does not mean you are righteous or worthy under your own power, it means you are worthy of the gift He gave. It means you are worthy of being loved by another human being because you are already loved by God in Heaven above, by His Son Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit who abides with us even now. You Are Worthy means you have value, worth, something to contribute just as you are, that you are desired by God without any change. You Are Worthy does not mean this is the end of your journey, the acceptance of God’s love. It means this is where your journey begins when you embrace the idea that you have value because God and His Son said you have value.
Some people search all over the place for someone or something to add value to their lives. Many of those things become destructive things, making their lives harder rather than easier as they’d hoped. Those same people are willing to find value in relationships existing solely through social media and the internet, yet are unwilling to allow that same kind of relationship to exist between them and God when He speaks to them through a book instead of a screen. This exists for real because God is a giver. This exists because God wants to give to you. This exists because God embraces all those who embrace Him.
You are not trash. You are not wasted. You are not broken. You are loved. You are pursued. You are wanted, because God says You Are Worthy.
This devotion relates to the scripture used in the book You Are Worthy by Mark Malcolm, coming to Kindle soon. To be kept up to date on the release of this, and other writings from The Cavalier, join us on Facebook HERE or follow us on Twitter @FirstChevalier.