“God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father.’ Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”
An heir is “a person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person’s death.” So when Jesus died, we inherited everything that is His. His Father could become our Father. His resurrection could become our resurrection. With His death, our hope was born. We received His Spirit, His love, His Name. We are His children!
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become the children of God.”
A right is “a legal, social, or ethical principle of freedom or entitlement.” A right is something that can’t be taken away unless it is given away. Just as Esau gave up his birthright for a bowl of stew, we give up our “new birth” rights for our own comfort. We have to realize that it isn’t about us. We are here to serve. We are here to love. We are here to be the light. “The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:4-5).” God breathed the breath of life into all of us. His breath is literally in our lungs. He brought light to this broken and hopeless world. He brought love to a world that didn’t even love Him back. We didn’t choose Him but He chose us.
There will be seasons of darkness, where we can’t seem to find our way. It can be terrifying not seeing what is in front of you. We just have to remember Who is beside of us, walking hand in hand with us. He will light our path. He will lead us through.
“He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the Cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross (Colossians 2:14-15).” To cancel means to “destroy the force or effectiveness of.” When He “canceled the record of the charges against us,” He destroyed the power that our sin and shame had over us. We no longer have to walk around in defeat. The enemy wants us to remain in this mindset but it’s a false sense of fear. Because of Jesus, we have life. We have victory. We have purpose.
One of the most beautiful songs I believe I’ve heard is called, “My Victory” by David Crowder. “Your death is Hell’s defeat. A Cross meant to kill is my victory!” God can turn anything around. He can redeem anyone. He did it for me! He can revive and renew anything. He is my victory and regardless of what the enemy tries to use against me or remind me of, I can be confident in the firm foundation I have in Christ.
“But- When God our Savior revealed His kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth, a new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace, he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”
– Titus 3:4-7
Nothing we could ever do could make us worthy of God’s love. That may make you question, “then why even pursue Him if we can never measure up?” Well, the beauty of it is, we can never measure up, but His love never runs out and that’s what makes it even more amazing. He knows that we can’t give Him what He deserves but He loves us anyway. He knows that we will fail Him and let Him down but He loves us anyway. That’s true love. Selflessly sacrificing your all for those who need love. This world needs love. We all need it. No other love is as perfect. Jesus loves with everything. He died to give us a second chance. That’s sacrifice. That’s the ultimate sacrifice. Knowing that I am loved that much enables me to live a life of freedom and run toward Jesus sharing Him with others along the way. We have to endure to finish the race but it wouldn’t be possible without God’s grace.