Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God. (1 Peter 1:18-19 MSG)
We are all on a 'journey' somewhere, but not all of us appreciate what has been done for us so that we may enjoy that journey to the fullest extent! Sometimes we forget the extreme 'value' placed upon us by the 'price' God was willing to pay for our restoration. If we humans are willing to pay such a high price for our animals who are with us for such a short while, why is it hard for us to reconcile that God would pay the ultimate price for us to be with him for all of eternity? As we might already have realized, not all of the journey we were traveling apart from Christ was all that rosy. Sometimes the journey got downright dirty and nasty. The 'dirt' we found clinging to our lives almost weighed us down with a guilt far too heavy for us to bear up underneath.
We are on a journey, but not one we travel without consequence. Either we experience the consequences of separation from God, or the consequences of being brought near to him through his grace and the shed blood of his dear Son, Jesus. There is no greater price - no more perfect a price to be paid. Therefore, we are encouraged to be aware of the journey we are now on - to realize that it is no longer one of 'empty' or 'vain' pursuit, but of 'extreme value' and 'fulfilled joy'. We are to live with a deep consciousness of the price that has been paid and then to learn to live up to the value God places on our lives!
All of us have probably heard about living by our values, but maybe it is time we take a different view of this and learn to live up to our value! The value of our lives was clearly determined by the price God paid - we now need to live with a consciousness (awareness) of the value he declares about each of our lives. Sometimes we 'discount' the value of our lives, but let me assure you that no life bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus is to be 'undervalued'. It is one of supreme worth and as such, we are to live with a new awareness of this future we have been prepared to enjoy with him for all of eternity. Just sayin!