Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!
2 Corinthians 5:14-16 NLT
God and Jesus made a decision to fix the weak spots of the old covenant, where sins of the flesh corrupted and perverted that which would have freed the people. Jesus would be sent to reveal to the people what they truly were, spiritual beings, and that sin had them enslaved.
This new covenant would require a sacrifice by God, which would silence the naysayers who saw their sacrifices but not His. In their eyes, He could think a thought and manifest change. But in their feeble minds, they believed He didn’t know loss, as they did. I guess no one could fathom the pain God feels every time one of His children is lost, murdered, enslaved, tormented, or chooses sin.
Let’s pause for a moment and think about how audaciously self-absorbed you have to be to say that God didn’t have skin-in-the-game, all because you endured watching generations forced into poverty, slavery, and death by human hands.
Our daily provisions come from God. The air we breath and the lungs we use to breath, come from God. How can we not see that His ongoing sacrifice is watching His beloved children suffer? But when you don’t see your value you expect to see more to prove your worthiness. So God gave more. He gave the King that the people begged hundreds of years for. He sacrificed His promised Son to save those who wouldn’t even save this Son, their Messiah. He knew that his Son would have to face torment, torture, humiliation, and physical death, at the hands of the people he was trying to save. God’s ultimate sacrifice. That’s how much He loves us. Jesus accepted this assignment. That’s how much he loves us.
Was that enough skin-in-the-game?
How are we any different today? We complain about what we don’t have, what’s wrong with the world, what we don’t like about ourselves and others, and how God isn’t answering our prayers fast enough and with the results we want. We question God why things can’t be utopian, perfect, with no sin and evil. We’re making the decisions that keep this cesspool growing.
Ironically, on the flip side, we stress over and obsess about things that only God can solve, but in our self-absorption we don’t release these issues to God, not even in our prayers. We still think it’s all about us and all on us to figure it out. We’re trying to dictate to God. Who’s the child in this relationship? Who’s the servant? Who’s the creation?
It’s obvious the influence that the enemy has had on us, sneakily sliding in to cause chaos and confusion, to convince us that God is to blame for our less than ideal life. That He is in someway subservient to us and our wishes, and to test this we’re to ask for and expect everything. God’s not a genie in a bottle.
I am driven to remove myself as a pawn in this twisted equation, and instead focus on God and Jesus. For they are the two most important variables that make all else possible. My role is insignificant, yet every single day I walk around as though the world would stop if I wasn’t doing my part. God doesn’t need me. I need Him.
Bills, debt, obligations, problems, strife—the solution to all is God, and we’re to look to Jesus and his examples to be freed from these burdens. The peace within is only possible when we let go of everything and hand it over to the Source. When we truly believe and have faith we will truly begin to live. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m ready to breathe, live, and see!
Try Something Today
Stop yourself each time you make something about you, and then see how you can shift things back to where they are supposed to be—back to God and Jesus. Sound like a plan? Let’s do this!
Father, I know it’s not all about me, but I have internal struggles with thinking that my experiences in life truly are all about me first, the other people impacted are second, and that You and Your son are the bubble everything falls inside.
But Father I don’t truly recognize the big picture that everything happens to make me realize, embrace and live one reality—that I’m to live for You and Your son. My only mission and purpose in life is to glorify You, in all things and all ways.
So I pray that this message is molded into my mind, heart, spirit and soul, so that there is no question, doubt, hesitation, or forgetfulness. Let every move I make, every word I speak, and every thought produced be with a focus on You and Jesus.
I want to get out of this hamster wheel Lord, and I know it can only happen when I stop being consumed by self. Help me Father.
Love you all,
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