Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Who I am... part seven




I am worth it…

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

Romans 5:6-8

 

We all know the ads. Cheryl (Cole) struts her stuff on screen advertising L’Oréal’s latest creations, before she smiles at the camera and says ‘because you’re worth it’. It’s a great catchphrase because every woman in the world wants to feel like they are worth it – that they are worth spending time and money on and worth the attention. But there is one way we KNOW we are worth it.

When we read the verses above we need to read them slowly, taking in each thought. It’s too easy to read verses that we know well and read them quickly without really thinking about them. So let’s stop and think why we are worth it…

“When we were utterly helpless…” – we were totally lost in our sin and the darkness that comes with a world of sinners. There is no way we were going to be able to save ourselves – we needed a miracle.

“…Christ came at just the right time…”- and that miracle came at the PERFECT time. Not too early and not too late, just exactly in His perfect timing. Not when the world thought the Messiah should be born – when God did.  

“… and died for us sinners.” – the ultimate sacrifice. He died taking our punishment for our sins so that we didn’t have to. He was PERFECT remember, so He had no sin of His own to atone for – just ours. And He took them and nailed them to the cross so we could be free.

“Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.” – The world’s view of right and wrong is so very different to God’s – we may think it would be ‘heroic’ to offer to take someone’s place if they were family or someone you thought highly of but not someone who has done you wrong.

“But God showed his great love for us…” – we need to remember that even in the midst of everything, God loved us and He showed it openly, for everyone to see, in the most miraculous and perfect of ways…

“by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” – again – wow! The perfect man dying for sinners – to redeem us from sins He would never even think about, never mind do… for all those hidden secret sins and the bigger ones that get found out… for everything we’ve ever done, said or even thought… for it all. And why did He do all of that?

Because we’re worth it.
 

Keep shining xx. 

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