Written & Published by Lolita Buck
Thank goodness we don't have a layaway or a down payment kind of God. When he goes all in, he's ALL IN for those he loves. That includes you my friend. No greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends. I don't even know how we can repay him for the ultimate sacrifice, his life? But the beauty of it all is that God doesn't require us to do so. He only asks that we accept him as our Lord & Saviour. Why wouldn't you though? When he put his one & only son on a cross for you. Here this man laid there bleeding & dying for your sins. It's kind of a no brainer to me. But sad to say it, it's not so much for others. He did all of this & still some aren't convinced of his love. But regardless, he still extends the invitation to everyone. If you take him up on his offer you too will have the opportunity to spend an eternity with him!
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
I can remember hearing the story of Christ's redemption as a little child in Sunday school. And instantly I was hooked. I thought it was super cool for God to love me in that kind of way. I don't know how at such a young age I was able to comprehend it all? But instinctively I knew there was something REALLY SPECIAL about God's love.
If someone just randomly comes & pays off all of your debt I don't think you can just ignore that. No doubt about it that level of love & commitment would get anyone's attention. Most people don't pay off their own debt let alone yours. Of course we all know that God's demonstration of love wasn't random. In fact it was carefully planned & executed with each of us in mind. But the magnitude of his love is what draws us to him. Because in today's vernacular "who does that"? Absolutely no one.
I know deep in my heart I can never fully repay him for all that he has done. But the legacy, the imprint, that I leave in the earth about how awesone & amazing he is, that's my way of showing gratitude & thanksgiving. By extending his love to others I'll help to ensure that his sacrifice wasn't in vain. I thank him daily for everything he has done because i certainly don't deserve it. The gift of eternal life awaits me on the other side simply because I chose to believe in heart & confess with my tongue that he is Lord. His death & resurrection makes the stamp "PAID IN FULL" possible. Because of him, my sins have been forgiven. Hallelujah, bless his holy name!
"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved."
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and that you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude