We have all been there…some still are. Living a life that has no worth. If you are born-again…then you should no longer be in this space. Jesus, He died to bring back the life we were created for. And that life, has worth. Has value. See, Jesus came to save ‘that’ which was lost (Matthew 18:11). The ‘that’ is the created value and purpose, the image of God, we were made for, and in, at the beginning.
Yes…sin is what Jesus died to remove. But we must be careful in saying Jesus died just BECAUSE we were sinners. All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23), yes? That’s because we were created for the Glory of God, and we lost it in the garden. That’s why Jesus came and died. To become that which we had become, so that we could again be that what we were created to be. Sin…that moment in the garden (Genesis 3). It changed us…horribly.
Why was Jesus marred beyond recognition? Why was he unrecognizable on the cross? Because Jesus had to become what we had become, unrecognizable, so that we can be revealed and recognizable again to the Father. We have great value to the Father. And if we live a life without Jesus being Lord, we live a worthless life, because that life is not the life God intended for us. I hope that makes sense…
So, the life we were born into is worthless, dead. Up to the point of being saved and redeemed back to our created value, there’s nothing of value. Upon that born-again moment, we come to life in Him…and that life is supposed to be abundant (John 10:10). Not abundant in materialism…but abundant in the Glory of God revealed. In word, or deed, do it all as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:17). How are you with your family? With your job? With any relationship or place you find yourself? Are you revealing the fallen life we are dead in? Or are you revealing the abundant life of grace bestowed upon you when you die to the life you were never meant to live, and come to life in truth?
This is all about identity. And we must ask the question, “Are we identifying with the life before Jesus? Or now, with Jesus?” We are called to identify with Jesus, to be one in Him as He is in us, and Him in the Father (John 17:21). Do we believe that? If we do, we shatter the worthless life and shine as worthy in Jesus Christ. This worthy life lived becomes the example to everyone we encounter and should stir a conviction in their hearts to begin to seek that out for themselves.
There’s a ‘secret’ that I believe the church (in general) misses. We are always trying to get people to say a prayer to get into heaven…and the whole time, God wants to bring heaven back into us. If we don’t teach truth, we will have a lot of people living worthless lives, even those calling themselves ‘Christians’. Let’s close with Jude 3, “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”