Summary: This is a devotional written for our church newsletter
Part of the Family
How many of you love your children? How many would do everything you could for them?
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
I think that it is crucial for you to remember that when you come to Christ, you enter into God’s family. Not like some distant relative from far away that drops by once in a while for a visit but rather you are His dearly loved Child. You are precious to Christ and you are always on His mind.
We are blood relatives but not be DNA, bone marrow or the blood that runs through our veins. The truth is that we are related by the blood that poured out of the body of Jesus.
How many of you would die for your children? How many of you would sacrifice your children for others?
God loves you so much that He sacrificed His Son to save you from a miserable death and just like the bridge operator; God saved you through giving up His Son. We are a lot like those people on that train. We reap the benefits of the sacrificial death that Jesus died but we never truly allow that love to impact our lives.
I don’t care if you’ve been a Christian for 20 years I believe that we all need to be reminded of just what Jesus did for you through the cross.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Why does Paul say that this is of first importance? Jesus died for your salvation. He died for you. Jesus gave Himself up for you and that means that you have such an infinite worth to Him you will never be able to fully understand.