Colossians 1: 21 – 29 (NLT)
“21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.
Paul’s Work for the Church
24 I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. 25 God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. 26 This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people. 27 For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
28 So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ. 29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.”
Paul repeats what he said in those hymn-like verses. We can be in God’s presence “holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault”. Isn’t that incredible? When I think about all the pathetic things I’ve done and said, it seems impossible that I can stand before God without feeling totally ashamed. Yet, this is truth. Paul says – “you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.”
This is so important for us to believe. It’s easy to get side-tracked and think we need to do something, give something, etc. to be accepted by God. Some churches even preach that. We need to be so careful not to get pulled into believing that we must do something. Jesus did it all. If you find that hard to believe, post verses 15 to 20 someplace where you can see it. Read it over and over, and ask God to help you to trust him completely.
Hebrews 1:3 (NLT)
“The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”
Our song for today is God So Loved by Hillsong Worship.