Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Welcome back for another Life Lifter. I hope that this section of scripture from Colossians 1:21-23 will be a lift for your day. It reads like this, "Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation - if you continue in your faith, established, and firm..."
What's clear about this is that we start estranged from God. In this life, because of our sin and our evil behavior, we have actually become enemies of his. And what is so encouraging and lifting about this passage is all of the verbs that describe what it is that God has done for us in Christ Jesus. Now in Christ, and because of his physical body and his death for us on the cross, we have been reconciled to God, the enmity is no longer there. We have been reconciled to him. In Christ and because of his physical body, through death, we have been presented holy in the sight of God. We were presented holy because he has made us holy in His sight. We are pure, we are clean, we are the holiness of God in Christ Jesus. In Christ, and because of his death, we are without blemish. There's no stain of sin on us. We are free from accusation. The evil one and all his hordes cannot accuse us, and if we love Christ we don't get to accuse ourselves either.
All of these things are true, not because we act properly all the time, not because we don't commit sins. These things are true because this is what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. We are reconciled to God, we are holy in His sight, we are without blemish. We are free from accusation because we are in Christ Jesus. I don't know about you, but I know this: when I think of that and I believe the truth that all of these things are true of me because I'm in Christ, that gives me the lift that I need to go into this day. I am thankful to be God's child, thankful for Jesus Christ, and thankful for what he's done for me.