The sacrifice of God’s Son to reconcile us back to relationship with God, shows first how much He values us… Even while we are lost and separated from Him – Romans 3: 23 ” Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. ” – God sees us not full of impurity, but full of potential. In the refining imagery He is the ” Refiner “, and we are the lump of unrefined gold, full of impurity and full of potential beauty.
God loves us too much, to leave us as we are, because our impure selves cannot reflect clearly all of who he is, our fullest joy is realized in the growing brilliance of our reflection of Him in our lives. Our lives are a ” process ” of God applying heat & exposing our weaknesses, our faults, our struggles and our impurities: Genesis 1: 26 ” God said, let us ( Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish…”
The heat & trials of our lives are not evidence God is cruel, or has left you, but ultimately are evidence of how much more God values you and His desire for you to be all He designed you to be. He values us as He finds us, but He loves us so much to leave us as He finds us…God’s plan is not to make you more independent or more self-sufficient. His plan, is to make you holy, and dependent servants of the refiner who desires to give us lives far beyond what we ever could imagine. Our imagination must be drowned as at the earliest stage of the creation of the universe in Genesis 2: 8 ” And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden ( delight ); and there He put the man who He had formed ( framed, constituted ). And reach the ” climax ” when we receive Jesus in the bedrock of our heart at the sparkling of the Salvation’s process ” He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. ” – Titus 3: 5