Saturday, August 11, 2012
But how can one be respected by God--who is "no respecter of persons?" He is God. We are human. We deserve no honor from God. We are fallen, twisted wrecks of what He created us to be. From a pragmatic point of veiw, respect is the last thing we deserve.
What every man desires is deeply is to be respected, but that means respected for who he is on the inside; who he is capable of becoming. Jesus came to rescue us, to rescue in us the potential for all we could be--to finally conform to the image of Christ. Remember, that was the goal of making man in the first place. God said, "Let us make man in our image." Adam was the start, but he was not conformed to the image of Christ, so God isn't done making man yet. Jesus Christ was the first man fully made in the image of God. His sacrifice broke the chains of death, hell and our sin. He then sent His own Holy Spirit to live within us--to write His law on our hearts.
This is the key--He died for us, not just because He loved us but because He knew what He will make us into. He knew what we could become because it was what he made us to become--a partner suitable for Himself, made and conformed to His own image. He made us for that and gave the life of his own Son--part of the God-head itself--to achieve it.
If a company is willing to spend $1,000,000 training a valuable employee, that says a lot about the potential they believe that employee will have. God was willing to expend his own life to finalize who you were created to be. It is that kind of respect that God has for those He came to save.
You are infinitely valuable to God. He was, and is, self-sufficient, but as any Father does, He wants to pour himself into us out of His great love and expectation for what we can become. Of course, as with anything with great potential, we have great potential to be like Him as He transforms us or to be unlike Him as we twist ourselves away from Him. It is His great humility and patience with us that gives the room for greatness or villany. It is our simple, innocent selfishness and self-sufficiency that is our primary danger. Our greatest risk is that we will make it on our own, never acknowleging our need for the God who made us so amazing--and in that success, seal ourselves into a horrific fate without the source of our very life, defeating our own purpose.
Failure is the only option. Recognition of our inadequacy and the lost potential He repurchased for us at great cost is the beginning of a new life. We have to give up a life of our own for the the chance of fulfilling the life He has for us. You will never have a more challenging assignment--a life that requires all you are and more.
He respects you enough to demand it of you. You have the choice to respect Him enough to give it to Him. Will you?