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God Will Over Pay for What He Wants

A few weeks ago at church, we were talking about sin. We quoted Mark 10:45 – “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

I used the example of a kidnapping and a ransom note being given. In this instance. the ransom note said,

God, if you want your precious creation back you must pay the highest price.

I asked what the highest price could be. There were many answers, but one child said, “God himself came down to pay!

I was floored!

I’m not sure that they got 100% of what they just said, but they got it!

18 Christ is also the head of the church,
    which is his body.
He is the beginning,
    supreme over all who rise from the dead.[a]
    So he is first in everything.
19 For God in all his fullness
    was pleased to live in Christ,
20 and through him God reconciled
    everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
    by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Colossians 1:18-20, NLT

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“Christianity is not about learning how to live within the lines; Christianity is about the joy of coloring.”

Mike Yaconelli

I have three young children. Two of which like to color, the other likes to put the colors in his mouth. I’ve sat down with them on several occasions to color and draw. Most of the time when I color with them, I end up getting frustrated with them because they can’t stay in the lines and their color choices. ((1. I’m a creative guy. I like to dream and think. But sometimes trying to color with my kids is nerve-wracking.)) Now, to be honest, I’ve thought that God has viewed dealing with me the same way.

The truth is, when I hold my kids to my standard, all that can happen is I get frustrated.  When I accept the fact that they are in fact children and learning, I enjoy the process.

God, the Ultimate Father, is the same.

He loves the beautiful ways in which you color your life. He’s not afraid if you happen to color outside the lines. He’s excited to take your life’s work, hang it on his refrigerator, and show everyone how much you’ve learned.

Pull out the colors. Grab some paper. Get in the floor with and spend time with your Father.

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This is a guest post by my good friend and brother, Tim Wright. You all need to find him and follow him on all the social media outlets. His writing and personality are so approachable and humble. This post blessed me. I need to read it everyday.

To seal our sonship, God has commissioned the Spirit of sonship to resonate the Abba echo within our hearts; and now, in our innermost being we recognize Him as our true and very dear Father.

Paul, Galatians 4:6, The Mirror

It’s one thing to say that Jesus made us God’s children.

It’s a-whole-nother’ thing to say that Christ revealed that we have ALWAYS been the children of God.

The gospel is not telling someone that God CAN be their Father, should they repent and believe.

The gospel is announcing to you that you ARE God’s child. And that Truth is realized in Jesus Christ. And NOW, you can be free and believe it.

God is the Father of the human race. ALWAYS has been. ALWAYS will be.

Jesus is the solid proof that mankind’s very origin is God.

So if Jesus didn’t make us God’s kids, then what the heck did he do?

Jesus is mankind’s second birth.

The person of Christ is humanity’s born again experience.

There was a need for a second birth.

Our first birth had grown into the twisted blackness of independence.

We were “lapsing into non-existence” as Athanasius put it.

But God didn’t start from scratch.

In Christ, He has made something totally new and unheard of before out of you and Himself.

And that new creation is named Jesus.

Jesus is the unveiling of who man and God have ALWAYS been.

In his very essence, Jesus is the “coming of age” of the human race.

In Him, you have arrived at the pinnacle of spiritual maturity.

In Him, you and I have walked across the graduation platform of the ages and received our certificate of completion!

In Christ, we gaze clearly at the face of God who has ALWAYS been our Papa.

Papa doesn’t love you because Jesus died for you.

Jesus died for you because Papa has ALWAYS loved you.

And that, my sweet friends, is the message that awakens Papa’s very own faith within the corridors of your soul.

As a gift. Effortlessly.

You are Papa’s child.

You ALWAYS have been loved.

You ALWAYS will be loved.

ALWAYS.

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