2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
This verse is a powerful reminder of the selfless sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Ellen G. White, in her inspired writings, emphasizes the depth of this sacrifice and how it should impact our lives as Seventh-day Adventist Christians.
In her book, "Steps to Christ," White writes, "Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His."
These words bring home the enormity of Christ's sacrifice. He who knew no sin, became sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. It's a gift beyond comprehension, and one that should inspire us to live lives of gratitude and devotion to our Savior.
White goes on to say, "There is no limit to the usefulness of one who, by putting self aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his heart and lives a life wholly consecrated to God. Christ will give the heavenly wisdom to those who seek Him in sincerity. Human wisdom is foolishness in comparison with His."
As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe that we have been called to a life of consecration and service to God. We have been given the incredible gift of salvation through Christ's sacrifice, and it is our responsibility to share this gift with the world. And as we do so, we must remember that it is only through the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we can be effective witnesses for Christ.
So today, let us reflect on the sacrifice of Christ and the enormity of the gift that we have received through Him. And let us seek to live lives that are wholly consecrated to God, empowered by His Spirit, and devoted to sharing the gospel message with those around us.