For today’s Wednesday Devotional, we will start by jumping into the scripture. We will look at how we were reconciled to God through Christ’s death.
Colossians 1:21-23 says, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.”
What It Tells Us:
The scripture starts off by reminding us we were once alienated from Christ. Not only alienated, but hostile, which means we were God’s enemy.
However, the beautiful thing about God is that even though we are always selfishly thinking about ourselves, He took it upon Himself to eradicate and forgive the barrier we place between ourselves and Him. He choose to take away our sins without us having to do a single thing to deserve it.
Paul points out in order to be reconciled to God, you must first realize you were separated from God by your sins.
He goes on to say that He will make us holy in His sight. Have you ever met someone who was without faults? I can say I have never met someone that has no faults. Neither can I say my life is an innocent one either. Friends, understand when we stand before God on judgement day, He will see us as pure as He sees Himself. Also, as we continue to walk with Christ, He will daily continue to make us more and more like Him. We will sin less because we love Him more. I know we will never be perfect, but God will continue to work in our lives, and we will grow to be more like Him every single day.
Being made holy in God’s eyes does not mean we just coast in faith though. We have active responsibility in our faith too. Our duty is to work on our faith and strive to grow more and more like Him everyday. Studying the Bible daily is essential to growing our faith and staying devoted to the Gospel, and we must share the Gospel with all people. These responsibilities are ours to uphold while growing in faith and growing closer and closer to God.
God, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins in order for me to be reconciled to you. Forgive me for so often forgetting the depths of my sins, and that I placed Jesus on the cross with my opposition to you. Draw me closer to you daily. Give me the boldness to share the Gospel with others and put my faith into action as you draw me closer to you daily. Give me the knowledge of right and wrong and help me to always choose to follow your Will and not my own. I love you, God. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
What steps do you need to take to put your faith into action?
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you next week! Don’t forget to check out last week’s Wednesday Devotional if you missed it!