What do you want in life?
Success, money, children, to travel – there’s a lot to chose from.
When it comes down to it though, I think we can all agree that we want to be happy. We want to be fulfilled and we want to be loved.
Have you ever had a moment where you felt pure happiness? I recently had many moments as I attended Rockbridge, a Young Life camp. Just check out this picture.
At Rockbridge, we spent a week in the closest thing to Heaven on Earth that I’ve ever experienced. We all gave up our phones and just lived in each and every moment. Crazy right? A bunch of teenagers gave up their phones and still had a blast.
I could go on and on about how much fun the zip line, rock climbing wall, fireworks, obstacle course, volleyball tournament, karaoke night, skits and MORE were, but I instead wanna focus on something a bit more profound.
My man Jesus, duh.
That guy that died so that you, me, that person sitting beside you could all have a relationship with God the way it was meant to be.
A relationship that was tainted with sin because we all decided that we knew better than God; Isaiah 53:6 says “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
We are helpless to this fact. It doesn’t matter if you consider your sin less than someone else’s because we all did the big one, everything after that doesn’t matter because we all ruined this perfect relationship with our creator.
Luckily God’s love for us extends past our imperfections. He craves a relationship with us a much that he gave his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we can have a relationship with him again. Jesus’ death threw a cloak on perfection over us all so that we could have that relationship with him if WE wished.
Jesus went through tremendous pain when he was crucified, even before he was actually placed on the cross. But he was not a victim; he was a volunteer. Because of him we are not hopeless.
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— Romans 6:6