Daily Light – Apr 9, 2018

Your daily goal:  
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my daily study time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Taking from ..The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee
Continuing in …God’s Answer to The Fear of Punishment:  Propitiation
And for whom did Christ die?  Was it for the saints who honored Him?  Was it for a world that appreciated His sinless life and worshiped Him?  No!  Christ died for us while we were in rebellion against Him. For while we were still helpless, Christ died for the ungodly at the right time. 
For one will hardly die for a righteous man;  though perhaps for the good man someone would are even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.  For if while were were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having beenreconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  And not only this, but we also exalt in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  (Romans 5:7-11)
What can we say of our holy heavenly Father?  Surely, He did not escape seeing Christ’s mistreatment at the hands of sinful men – the scourging, the humiliation, the beatings.  Surely, He who spoke the world into being could have delivered Christ from the entire ordeal.  And yet the God of heaven peered down through time and saw you and me.  Though we were His enemies, He loved us and longed to rescue us from our sins, designating the sinless Christ to become our substitute.  Only Christ could avert God’s righteous wrath against sin, so in love the Father kept silent as Jesus hung from the cross.  All of His anger, all of the wrath we would ever deserve, was poured out on Christ, and Christ became sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21).  Because He paid the penalty for our sins, and God’s wrath was avenged, God no longer looks upon us through the eyes of judgment.  Instead, He now lavishes His love upon us.  The Scriptures teach that absolutely nothing can separate us from God’s love (Rom. 8:38-39).  He has adopted us into a tender, intimate, and powerful relationship with Him (Rom. 8:15). 
Because we are His Children, performance is no longer the basis of our worth. We no longer have to fear His wrath and punishment. We are unconditionally and deeply loved by God, and we can live by faith in His grace. We were spiritually dead, but the Lord has made us alive and has given us the high status of sonship to the almighty God.  It will take all of eternity to comprehend the wealth of His love and grace.  Paul explains this incomprehensible gift this way:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus, in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.  (Ephesians 2:4-9). 
Con’t tomorrow 😊
Friends…if what is written above in the red highlighted scriptures…if it is true…then why do we live like we don’t fully comprehend what Christ has done for us…why do we not fully give ourselves to God in obedience to His word and make loving God our #1 focus of each day?  Tomorrow we will look at answers related to the obstacles that keep us from full yseeing and appropriating this ‘truth’. 
Father…I thank You that while we were totally lost in darkness and were clueless and rebellious…that totally based on Your great love…You reached down and saved us.  I sometimes feel like I am still clueless because I know that I should love You so much more than I do.  Thank you that Your love for me is not based on my ability to be righteous.  But help me to learn and see the value and importance that You place on my having a right response to Your love, which is to walk in obedience to Your will and way and to follow Jesus in His example to be light to the world.   To be love and light to those around us ‘so that’ they can see what You gave us.  Amen

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