Scripture: Colossians 1:15-29
Observation: Paul speaks about who Christ is, revealing him as Creator over all, head of the church, the one who reconciles us to God. Because we put our faith in Jesus, we become holy and blameless before our God.
Application: When it comes to a diet, I will eat peanut butter in and with almost anything. While it’s decent on its own, peanut butter is much better with something else – chocolate, Oreos, graham crackers, apples, bananas, pretzels, cottage cheese, yogurt, oatmeal. You name a peanut butter combination, and I’ll probably eat it. It’s quite possible I keep Teddie Peanut Butter singlehandedly in business. (Move over, JIF, because Teddie is where it’s at.)
Here’s the thing about adding peanut butter to anything else: the flavor completely changes. If peanut butter is involved – even just a little bit – you always taste it. It’s overpowering and in control.
When I read these words from Paul, I’m reminded real faith is like that – it’s overpowering and consuming, pushing out everything that held us back from God and propelling forward into his best for us.
We were on our own – isolated, separated from God by our sin…
“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.” (v. 21)
But he refused to leave us there…
“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.” (v. 22)
Through faith in Christ Jesus, we aren’t slightly less sinful or more acceptable than we were before. We are holy and blameless, just like Jesus himself. When God looks at us, he sees His son.
Can you even fathom that? We are so far from perfect on our own, but through faith, we’re reconciled with God through the death of Jesus. This truth changes us – it gives us the affirmation and worth we’ve always been seeking and could never acquire on our own. It gives us power and fills us with hope. It gives us the security to ask our Father in heaven for every desire and every wish inside of us.
“And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.” (v. 27)
Prayer: God, thank you for Jesus and for the gift of reconciliation. When you look at me, you don’t see my sin and brokenness, my selfishness and my shortcomings. You see your Son – holy and blameless. Thank you for that hope, that affirmation. Amen.