Jesus Didn't Die for Junk!
I've often heard Christians say who are trusting God for healing their physical bodies: God don't make junk! How true, but that same concept carries over into why Christ has redeemed us.
The other day I was praying about a certain need I faced. I said to the Lord: "I'm (relatively) poor. I'm obscure. I'm even limited geographically," as well as other limitations I cited. I'm no celebrity, Lord, I'm an unimportant person, so if you can do this for me, You are a mighty God indeed!"
Then He seemed to reply: "Don't you ever call yourself poor or unimportant again. I gave My only Son for you. I emptied out the very treasury of heaven to save your soul and to enable you to become My child. IF IT HAD BEEN NECESSARY, PATRICIA, I WOULD EVEN HAVE DIED FOR YOU IF YOU'D BEEN THE ONLY ONE NEEDING REDEMPTION FROM SIN! So how dare you call yourself unimportant, or even poor, when I have bestowed such a wondrous eternal inheritance upon you? I DIDN'T DIE FOR JUNK!"
Even as I write this my eyes are moist and I am deeply moved by the wonderful Love of God in Christ Jesus. I realize that the humanistic self-esteem teachings going around are spiritual deception, but the other extreme teaches something like this: "God doesn't really need you, and you're just a miserable, pathetic, sinful worm in His sight, hardly worthy of drawing breath." That's a poor testimony to the power of Christ's blood to sanctify us from the power of sin, isn't it? Still another viewpoint holds that we are mere slaves out in God's harvest field, nothing more. Or, we're nothing but embattled troops continually under fire from satan, listening carefully for the orders of our commanding General.
We do serve the Lord. We DO wrestle with powers of darkness as we abide in this troubled earth (Eph.6:10-18). We ARE called to be good soldiers of Christ Jesus (II Tim.2:2-3). But each and every one of us who are redeemed by the precious Blood of the Lamb are first and foremost the children of the living God (Gal.1:4-7; I John 3:1-2). So why should it be considered arrogant or sinful to acknowledge our position in His family? Rather, Christ has set us free to come BOLDLY to His Throne of Grace to ask for help in time of need (Heb.4:16). We Christians have friends in high places, because we have our own cheering squad in heaven (Heb.12:1). Someday we will rule over this planet with Christ Himself (Rev.5:9-10; 20:6). Someday we will even judge the angels (I Cor.6:2-3)! That's why satan hates us Christians so much, because he's a fallen angel and he knows the saints will one day pass judgment on his own miserable carcass! Now tell me, would Jesus grant such privileges to worthless junk?
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Amen for that, this is something that we all need to be reminded of. We do hold a very powerful position. Blessed be the Lord for giving us the victory.
Patricia thank you for your obedience in writing and posting this article today! This message is powerful and much needed!!!!! God bless, Jounda