C.J. Mahaney"And in true humility, our own service to others is always both an effect of His unique sacrifice and the evidence of it. His sacrifice alone makes it possible for us to achieve and experience true greatness in God's eyes" (48).
Take this in conjunction with Hebrews 10:11-14:
"And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified."
These two quotes have the power to knock me off my feet. Onto my knees to be exact... God's love for us does not stop with our salvation. Christ did not just die so that we may live eternally with God. He died so that while here on earth, we may live. He died to sanctify us now. To help us achieve greatness and to make us humble before others. Without Christ's sacrifice not only would we have no future but Hell, but we would also have no hope for today. God takes Christ's perfect sacrifice and enables us to live now as well as with Him in the future. He is perfecting us for His glory... how undeserving we are, how ungrateful I am. Christ's death on the cross is a gift that keeps giving.