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And just so the last post doesn’t seem too warm-and-fuzzy-feel-good-but-unbalanced…

While it’s important to get our esteem from God and know, truly know, that God loves us, names us, ascribes status to us…

… it’s also important to know that God has called us from, to, towards and for

Called us to be His children (and made the way through the death of His Son, Jesus, who took our sin upon Himself so that we could have a relationship with God and be part of God’s family).

Called us out of sin.

Called us to repentance.

Called us to be holy.

…called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time… (2 Timothy 1:9)

Called us to go and make disciples.

Called us to love one another.

Called us to be like Christ.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Back in high school I read many, many Max Lucado books.  One of my favorites was Just Like Jesus.  And though this theme ran through the book, it was the few words on the cover that stood out to me then and have continually stuck with me.

God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be Just Like Jesus.

God loves us, esteems us and gives us our worth.  He calls us out of sin and into His family.  He calls us to be like Jesus and to follow.  And in the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

… grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.  It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.  It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner.  Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us.

We are greatly esteemed.  But we are esteemed for a purpose.

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