Today’s Daily Light
The Search For Significance, by Robert McGee
The Origin of the Search – Chapter 2
Con’t…To accomplish his goal, Satan began by deceiving Eve, who fell to the temptation. Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, believing it would make her wise and like God. Adam, however, was not deceived. He deliberately chose to forsake the love and security of God and follow Eve in sin. Paul explained this fact to Timothy:
And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression. (1 Tim 2:14)
In doing this, Adam not only lost the glory God had intended for mankind but he also forfeited his close communion and fellowship with God. Adam’s deliberate rebellion aided Satan’s purpose, giving him (Satan) power and authority on earth. From that moment on, all history led to a single hill outside of Jerusalem, where God appointed a Savior to pay the penalty for man’s sin of rebellion (our attempts to find security and purpose apart from Him). Christ’s death is the most overwhelming evidence of God’s love for us.
Though we justly deserve the wrath of God because of the deliberate rebellion, His Son became our substitute, and He experienced the wrath our rebellion deserves. Because Christ paid the penalty for our sins, our relationship with God has been restored, and we are able to partake of His nature and character, to commune with Him, and to reflect His love to all the world.
Spread the good news! Man is not lost forever! God has not given up on us! He has bought us out of slavery to sin with the payment of Christ’s death on the cross. Satan’s rule can be broken, and we can reign with Christ. We can be restored to the security and significance for which we have been created – not simply in eternity but here and now as well.
We must never forget that God wants His children to bear His image and to rule with Him. Adam’s sin had tragic consequences, but through God’s plan of redemption, we can still have the privilege of fellowshipping with Him. God has provided the solution, but the question is this: Will we accept Christ’s death as the payment for our sins and discover the powerful implications of our salvation, or will we continue to follow Satan’s lies and deceptions?
Perhaps you are unsure of your relationship with God and need to deal conclusively with this choice now. We cannot pay for our sins; Christ has already done this for us as a gift. Paul wrote about this gift in his letter to the Ephesian Christians:
For by grace (unmerited favor) you have been saved (rescued from spiritual death – hell) through faith (trust); and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. (Eph 2:8-9) (con’t tomorrow)
Glorious Father…thank you that YOU made us in YOUR image ‘so that’ we could have a relationship with you ‘now’ and throughout eternity. How wonderful. How amazing. Thank you. Amen