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, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. Colossians 1:21-23
Before we have Christ in our lives, we are lost, alienated and alone. But just like in the Comparison Game devotional, there is another “but.” “But he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death.” And with this “but” comes 3 descriptive words.
Holy– With Christ, we become pure and right with God. He looks at us as His perfect creation and He loves unconditionally.
Without blemish– We aren’t talking about acne here. We are talking about our character. Any bad marks on your record are erased through the blood of Christ.
Free from Accusation– We cannot be alienated! We were the accused sinners, but through Christ, we become free!
Have you ever heard that nagging voice? “You know God doesn’t really love you, not after what you’ve done. I’m not sure you can pray to God now; there’s no way He’s going to want to hear from you. And you haven’t even had a quiet time for over a week! What kind of Christian do you call yourself?”
You know who is filling your head with these thoughts, right? The “Great Accuser” himself. He fills our minds with self doubt and kills our confidence, and it slowly, but surely eats away at us.
The gospel is one of the first things that a Christian forgets…that’s what we’re doing when we listen to the world and try to carve out a new identity for ourselves.
Whatever is a poor little Christian to do when the Great Accuser gets to accusing? Give him a swift kick in the rear by putting your faith in Christ! We are free from accusation through Christ’s blood, remember!?
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. –Colossians 3:2
What is required of us to be able to say we are “holy in his sight,” without blemish and free of accusation? We must BELIEVE in Him, have a relationship with Him and let our lives reflect that. Jesus died for us so that God would see us as holy, pure and guilt-free! This is GRACE.
God’s grace means we can always come to him- no matter how good or bad we feel, we can approach him with confidence. Grace means we can hold our heads up high, knowing our true identity is now with Jesus in Heaven.
Your turn. Tell us in the comments. Have you transformed your identity? Is it hard to ignore the Great Accuser?
This is a blog series: Exploring Identity! If you missed any of the others posts, here they are!
Day 1- Known
Day 2- What is Identity?
Day 3- You are God’s Masterpiece
Day 4- Are you hiding?
Day 5- God doesn’t make Mistakes
Day 6- Mankind makes a Mess
Day 7- Turning Heads
Day 8- Getting the Idea?
Day 9- What Jesus Knew
Day 10- Beauty
Day 11- Relationships
Day 12- Maid, Mother or Moneymaker?
Day 13- Anxiety Girl! DUH DUH DUH!
Day 14- Who’s in Control?
Day 15- The Comparison Game