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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Living a Worthy Life"

Date published: 08/11/2012
 
Revelation 5:2-5 “And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’  But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.  I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.  Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep!  See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.  He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’”  (NIV)  
 
This passage reveals what Christ did for you.  The price Jesus paid was not obtainable by you or by anyone else.  You can respond to Christ’s sacrifice in three ways: First, you can praise God that He loves you so much – He provided the necessary offering for your sins.  Your sins are now as white as snow through the blood of Jesus.  Second, you can see this verse in the context of your identity - your worth and salvation is based solely on Christ and His work in you.  Third, you can see this verse in the context of your daily life in Christ.  Do you live your life worthy of the One who sacrificed His life for you? Colossians 1:10 says, “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way.”  You begin to live a life more worthy of the Lord when: 1) you grasp the love and grace lavished upon you by Jesus who humbled and emptied Himself unto death so that you might not only have eternal life, but also abundant life right now, and 2) you fully live in God’s love, grace, and forgiveness by seeing your sins washed in the blood of Jesus.  Do you want to live a life worthy of Christ and His sacrifice for you?  I am not talking about your salvation, but living every aspect of your life dedicated and devoted to what God has for you.  You have fellowship with Jesus each day in Bible reading and prayer out of joy and sustenance and not out of routine.  You thrive on Jesus as you live in His constant presence for every aspect of your life.  You find completion by allowing God’s constant presence and Lordship in your work, relationships, habits, goals, activities, and aspirations.  You know you are living a life worthy of God and pleasing Him in every way when your spiritual walk begins to consume the world in which you live.   
 
Philippians 3:10 “All I care for is to know Christ and to experience the power of His resurrection.”  (NIV)