Examine How You’re Following Christ

Each week in The Unwasted Life, I encourage readers with a fasting prompt for 3 days that week. I do this to help you eliminate the waste in your life and to encourage you to sacrifice for Christ.

We make sacrifices every single day for the things & people that we love. We sacrifice extra sleep to work out, get dressed, eat breakfast, scroll through our instagram. We sacrifice money to shop, for Starbucks, for music, for ourselves. We sacrifice time for friends, for family, for ourselves, for Netflix. We sacrifice energy for school, for play, for sports, for entertainment.

When was the last time you really sacrificed your time, energy, agenda, money, sleep, etc for JESUS?

Let’s stop wasting our lives for things that just don’t matter in the grand scheme of life, and let’s start sacrificing for Jesus in order to live a life unwasted.

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My Life-Giving Ransom

The Lord has been turning my world upside down as He’s spoken to me through the following verses:

1 Peter 1:18-19 “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom He paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

Wow. I was reading these verses last night and this morning and meditating on several of the words in the text. As I study Scripture, I enjoy doing word studies. I like to dig deeper into the text so that it becomes even more alive. Join me as I do a quick word study…

Ransom – Obtain the release of a prisoner by making a payment demanded

Save – Keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger

Empty Life – Lacking purpose or substance; meaningless; futile

Precious Lifeblood – An essential or life-giving force; vital for life

 Sinless, Spotless – Perfect, blameless, unblemished, pure

 Lamb of GodFor Christ to be called the Lamb of God demonstrated the ultimate picture of sacrifice. The final, perfect sacrifice. The fulfillment.

I don’t know about you, but this word study has overwhelmed me. I am completely dumbfounded that God’s perfect plan was to send His Son, the perfect, sinless, spotless Christ as my sacrifice. God chose to save me, a prisonerof sin, by paying the ultimate ransom. He decided to free me from the “empty life” that was my inevitable fate by sending Christ as my ransom.

Ask yourself a couple of questions, so that you can apply these verses more personally. What has Christ saved you from? What could your “empty life” have looked like? Wow! When I think of the imprisonment I was in before Christ, and the imprisonment that I have been saved from, I am blown away. He paid my ransom! I’m in awe of His grace. Grace He was willing to pour out on an undeserving sinner like me. He has brought me from the “empty life” to a full life, because of the price He paid.

I am being humbled as I type and as I meditate on the sacrifice that Christ made for me. I have been challenged, and I pray that you will be too, to humble yourself before God, surrender your life to Him, and praise Him for the life-giving blood that He so willingly shed for YOU and for ME!