Friday, December 9

Pride of Authorship

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. --Hebrews 2:10-11

My co-workers and I are in the process of being transferred to a new location. This means we have to sort through our file cabinets and decide which things need to be boxed up and sent to the archives, and which reports and documents should stay close at hand. It's very gratifying to see the results of my hard work displayed on my bookshelves. The pride of authorship makes it difficult to put things in a box and send them away to a storage facility.

God our Father, who is the author and perfector of our faith, takes pride in us, His children. When we belong to Him, we are always within arm's length of His grasp. Through the work that Christ did on the cross, we become new creations. God delights in us and loves us so much that He would never even consider putting us in the corner to make way for newer, better, more exciting projects. Each of us has a designated place, a prominent position in God's line of sight.

Moreover, we aren't just "projects" to God. We are His sons. God provides a means of salvation through His son Jesus, and when we accept His gift of grace, we are welcomed into God's family. When God looks at us, He sees us as blemish-free, redeemed men and women. None of this could happen without the incredible suffering that Christ endured on the cross. I look forward to the day when I will stand in God's presence, adoring Him along with every man and woman who has been made holy through His son.

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