I am special! I can’t even begin to fathom how special I am. It’s the kind of thought that sends a shot of tingle through my body.
Have you ever stopped to think how special and just so precious you are? It doesn’t matter if you wear better clothes or drive a better car, It doesn’t matter if you’ve never seen running water, or don’t know what it feels like to be treated like royalty, it doesn’t matter if no one has ever called you beautiful or given you a loving hug.
There are signs of how much God loves us all around us. But nothing beats the fact that we can always rise when we fall over and over again. It’s hard for our neighbors and even family to forgive us sometimes, it’s hard to get back to that place of rapor that you cruised in together when you’ve had a fall out. But with God, when we fall, we can get right up again. He doesn’t snub us when we rise again, he doesn’t treat us less, he restores us to where we were.
We take it for granted that we can plead the blood of Jesus, or ask for forgiveness and continue like we never ever fell into sin… just ask satan, the fallen angel lucifer. He fell and he wasn’t given a chance to get back up, to stand again.
Think about it, he was the light bearer in heaven, the attendant of God’s throne, was the big boss amongst the angels… his voice casued a chorus of worship to sound from the other angels as they praised God. Ezekiel 28:12-19(the msg) describes the splendor of him...
"You had everything going for you. You were in Eden, God's garden. You were dressed in splendor, your robe studded with jewels: Carnelian, peridot, and moonstone, beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald, all in settings of engraved gold. A robe was prepared for you the same day you were created. You were the anointed cherub. I placed you on the mountain of God. You strolled in magnificence among the stones of fire. From the day of your creation you were sheer perfection... and then imperfection—evil!—was detected in you. In much buying and selling you turned violent, you sinned! I threw you, disgraced, off the mountain of God. I threw you out—you, the anointed angel-cherub. No more strolling among the gems of fire for you! Your beauty went to your head. You corrupted wisdom by using it to get worldly fame. I threw you to the ground, sent you sprawling before an audience of kings and let them gloat over your demise. By sin after sin after sin, by your corrupt ways of doing business, you defiled your holy places of worship. So I set a fire around and within you. It burned you up. I reduced you to ashes."
But he messed up, he got greedy, he wanted to be God, to have what God had… and he lost it all, he fell and was never given a chance to get back up again.
How many times have we tried to take God’s glory? How many times have we tried to be gods in our own rights? How many times have we worshiped other things and made them our gods? Yet we can come boldly before his presence, and call him father and fall into his embrace, and share in his glory and benefit from his love an endless mercies.
How many times have we taken the path of lucifer? The traits that caused him to be expelled can be found in us; deceit, pride, lust of the flesh etc. We've tried to be god over our lives, making material things the god of us. You would think with the way Lucifer must have praised, in a way we haven’t even come close to, God would give him another chance… and here we are, barely lifting up our voice in praise, and doing the bad deeds and given chance after chance to rise right back up… no wonder satan tries his best to keep us down, no wonder he cant stand us and would do any and everything to keep us from God’s glorious presence and his kingdom. He hates that we are loved so, he hates that we get a second chance and another and another, he hates that that place he was expelled from is freely given to us… he’s on a mission to keep us from the paradise he can never come close to.
I am so glad that Jesus loves me...