It is for freedom that we have been set free. What does this even mean? I believe this statement, taken from Galatians 5:1 in the New International Version of the Bible, has to do with our identity in Christ.
God created Adam and Eve. They begat people who begat people who begat people until you and I were begotten! Early in Adam and Eve’s journey, they made a huge mistake. They decided to depart from something God had told them and go their own way, do their own thing. In one fell swoop, they changed all of our destinies. Their decision affected the whole human race. BUT, God had a plan for restoration.
He provided payment through Jesus’ death. Adam’s decision, in his role as ancestral father, took your life from God, but God, through Jesus, bought it back. So, how does God feel about His purchase? He paid a lot. His only Son. Does He think He got a raw deal?
In Psalm 139:14, the psalmist proclaims, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The writer doesn’t just speak of himself. This is for all of us. God made us with great thought and great care. He has spoken into existence all that we can see and attempt to understand, yet He cares for us, individually and intimately. He cares when we are heart broken and He is close to us in those moments. He has blessed us with abilities and gifts that we can use to provide for our families and bless each other. God does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor does He repay us according to our imperfections that are passed down to us through family lines. He completely forgives us for our careless blunders as well as our intentional choices to disregard what is right. He has compassion on his children, compassion on those who revere Him and believe Him. Forever, the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him.
I love the MESSAGE Bible’s interpretation of Psalm 36:5-7, “God's love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. How exquisite your love, O God!” Too poetic for you? Accept this then. God’s love for you is far more expansive than anything you can think of or imagine. He would do anything for you to love Him back. In fact, He has done anything and everything. He made a way through Jesus Christ. The blood to be paid has been paid. There is only one thing to do.
Turn to Him today. Call on His name and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Ask Him to forgive you for known and unknown sins. Ask Him to give you eyes to see Him and ears to hear Him. Ask Him to send people into your path who know Him and can help you get to know Him. Read the Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament, and find out what Jesus said and did while He was here on this earth. Read Acts to discover how the church got started and to glean inspiration for your own life. God wants relationship with you. Receive the truth that God loves you and through Jesus, paid a great price, so you have direct access to God. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you in love, in precious peace, and in affirmations and confirmations that will fill your heart to its fullest. This is who we are – a treasure, purchased with a great price, and loved beyond comprehension.