For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:18-19
During one of our recent Mother-Daughter visits, I realized that it is a great blessing to have a mother who is a believing Christian. As we reflected on Jesus’ blood sacrifice for us and our part in honoring and valuing the gift of Redemption, she made a profound remark, “Many individuals feel that when they stop living a worldly life or give tithe and offerings that they are sacrificing, but sinful human beings cannot sacrifice, we do what is required of us out of love for God and the fact that Jesus died for us.”
Our lives are a priceless gift from Jesus Christ, God’s only Son who agreed to die for humanity even before we were created. In order to comprehend what it took for the Plan of Salvation to be brought into fruition, we must realize that there was communication between God and Jesus. Because God is Omniscient, His Son, Jesus is also Omniscient; both were aware that when humanity was created, the chain reaction of doubting God would lead to disobedience, and as a result, we would fall into the abyss of sin, and the dilemma of choosing good over evil would continue throughout the ages.
Yet we are still making the decision to live according to our interpretation of Salvation.
Chance is our enemy; we may doubt that it will ever happen to us, but eventually, we pay the high price by suffering the consequences for our disobedience and disregard of warnings.
Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 NLT
There is a current trend of the “inclusion of all” among believers, and they feel that their social circle should include relationships with unbelievers. We cannot hang out with those who are not walking in the light. It is a false concept that the believer will sway the unbeliever; even when Jesus’ disciples witnessed they went out in pairs. Separation is part of the boundaries that God has established for us and with good reason: Without God, we do not possess the strength to overcome temptation; and even with God’s promise of deliverance from temptation, we should not willingly place ourselves in situations that will lead to compromise.
He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? Luke 6:39 NIV
Do not be deceived! Walking in the light is a daily struggle of denial to sin and a steadfast commitment to God. When we fail to follow God’s commands, we will always pay the consequences for disobedience. God is fully aware of our plight to choose sin instead of righteousness, and He has provided us with a Spiritual Network which includes a unified Body of Believers.
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5 NLT
There is a common bond amongst believers, our love for God supersedes everything else and our lifestyle is a reflection of that love. We have committed our minds, bodies, and souls to accept Righteousness by Faith; we love others as Christ loves us by extending forgiveness; we graciously accept our commission to witness and to serve those in need; we are preparing for the Second coming of Jesus Christ by giving up anything that compromises our relationship with God, and above all, we seek harmony and peace with all individuals regardless of their ethnicity, religious or socioeconomic backgrounds.
Yes, we acknowledge that we are imperfect sinners, yet because of God’s grace and His mercies we are extended forgiveness by the confession and repentance of our sins to God, and we are grateful for God’s new mercies that are extended to us every day of our lives.
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV
We must possess the mindset of living an uncompromised life; doing whatever it takes–giving up people, places, and things–in order for us to Walk in the Light.
Bible Reading: John 8:12-30
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for living a life of compromise. We have not taken the time to really reflect on the greatest gift from your Son, Jesus; His death and resurrection have made it possible for us to walk in the light. We pray for the strength to change and to give up everything that prevents us from preparing for Eternal life. We pray for the unbelievers that as we witness they will receive the gift of Salvation because you desire that none will be lost. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.