Ephesians 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Let that verse sink in for a minute. Two things demand our attention. First, you were once far from God, but now you have been “brought near” to Him. Isn’t that amazing to hear. Have you ever really wanted something? It could have been a job with a desirable company, or a date with a beautiful woman, or acceptance from someone you admired. That feeling of excitement and jubilation when the thing you have wanted finally happens is part exhilaration and part satisfaction. Few events in your life can top that big promotion, that first kiss, or that pat on the back. But this one can. Yes, being accepted by the God of the universe is the most thrilling and overwhelming event in anyone’s life. Nothing can top it, not your wedding day, or the birth of your first child, not even meeting the president. Being accepted by the holy and righteous Creator of life is life-altering. But wait, there is more. That introduction to and acceptance from this gracious God came at a cost. An unbelievable cost. God wanted to set you free from the bonds of your sin so badly that He sent His son to earth to suffer and die at the hands of cruel men to make it happen. It is the second part of that verse that should humble us each and every day. We were “brought near BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.” He did not write you an impressive letter of reference. Nor did you introduce you to that pretty lady. No, he was murdered on a Roman cross so that you could have a relationship with His Father (John 15:13). It should be exhilarating to be near to God. First, because of the reality of the situation. But second, because of the price that was paid on your behalf to make that reality happen. Never forget that your relationship with God was quite costly; therefore, it has immense value. 

David Miller, is the Associate Dean for the traditional program, assistance professor of Bible and theology, Director of the honors program.

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