A devotional thought from Afshin Ziafat for “Justification”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15: “For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.”
I once read a scholar who attempted to dismiss the notion of God’s love being shown in the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross. He asked his readers to imagine sitting on a dock by a lake and a man jumping into the lake to drown himself in order to prove his love for them. He concluded rightly that this would be an absurd gesture of love. This story reveals the thought of most secular people and a large number of religious folks. They see themselves sitting on the dock and therefore not in need of any salvation.
However, the Christian faith has a significantly different starting point in understanding our situation and God’s love for us. Through the gospel, we learn that we are not sitting on the dock, neither are we drowning in the lake, but we have already drowned. We are completely lifeless at the bottom of the lake.
This week we see that Jesus gave up His life so that we can have life in Him. And this life in Christ gives us a new motivation. The passage above shows us that the new life in Christ is one that is lived no longer for self but for Jesus.
Actually, to live for God is our original reason for being created. We were custom-made for Him. Sin turned us to live for self. Jesus came to connect us with the only purpose that will give meaning to our lives—to know Him and live for Him.
Pause and Reflect
• How does the fact that you were dead before Christ came in change the way you look at life now?
• In what ways must you change to truly live life for Him?