Reconciliation, at its core, is all about exchange: one thing being exchanged for another. When a person buys something they offer either money or an item in exchange for what they desire to purchase. What they offer is a reflection of the value they have for the thing they desire! God had such value for the human race that He offered Jesus. This should overwhelm us with the degree of love God has for us!
We, as free will individuals, are more like slaves that have been purchased from a cruel taskmaster. Once we have been purchased we can choose to continue to live with our taskmaster or we can enter into the exchange: we are now free to know, love and serve the One who purchased our freedom.
Serving God is more than simply doing things for Him. The Hebrew word brings deep meaning to our legalistic idea of serving. First of all, it is never to serve as a slave. In fact, the word for serve is related to the word “prince.” We are not serving as slaves but as those who reign with Him! Based on the meaning of the word it is something that must be done as an act of worship from the heart, it can be directed toward God, toward people on behalf of God or toward a particular service. But most interesting, when done from a heart of love, it brings the believer to a place of spiritual insight and connects us to the heart of God.
When we enter into the reconciliation we recognize that we belong to the Lord and our identity is determined by His value for us. When we believe, acknowledge and choose to enter into the reconciliation, we take on our new identity in Christ. We give up all we were, we give up our sin, sickness, poverty and all other attributes and enter into that for which we were purchased. JOIN ME this week and discover more about entering into this resurrection life that is yours for the taking!