Sacrifice and Ransom
To whom do you answer?
The past couple of weeks have been a roller-coaster of highs, bigger highs, let downs and one crash landing. Being slow to learn and quick to forget is a problem that most of us suffer. We want what we want, but we aren’t willing to put in the time, effort and dedicated resources to make it happen. This is what gets me in trouble. When I forget, or better still, lose sight of my role in this “foreign land” is when everything begins to go awry.
Living a life in service to others is how we amass great wealth. Living a life in service to others goes against everything we are taught, everything we see on TV and everything we see in most of our friends and family. Once we come to own the fact that we are visitors in a strange land, really nothing more than “stranger”, and we are here to be an Ambassador to the King of kings, it seems our lives have a better opportunity of finding solid ground to stand upon. Once we respond, react and accept all the people around us as our “family” – brothers and sisters – they sure look a lot different.
Matthew 25 NKJV
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, as the sovereign God that He is, then you are not of this world, but merely visiting this world as an Ambassador to His Kingdom. This does not mean we don’t live in Paradise, as God created this, the exact same as He created Heaven. The difference is we will spend an eternity with the Father singing praise to Him the whole day through. What if we practiced today for what’s to come? What would that look like?
Matthew 20 NKJV
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”