Mornings at the Mission: Colossians 1:15-22

Each morning I offer a short devotion to the men under my care in the dorm. This is the spot where I share them with you, and keep a record of them for myself on the off chance I ever need them again. 

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15 [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:16 for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: […] 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.

God is Holy. When I say He is holy I not only mean that He is morally pure, I mean that He is completely “other.” Whenever we enter into discussions about God we end up saying with Job “Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” (Job 42:3). In fact, the only way we can possibly know anything about God is if He reveals Himself to us. One of the beautiful things about the Christian faith is that we understand God has revealed Himself to us. He’s made Himself know through the Scriptures, and if that weren’t enough, He came down and walked among us. Think about that for a minute: The One who created everything, who sustains everything, to whom we owe our very existence, is not distant, disengaged or uncaring, but came down into our midst and lived a human life. He ate, drank, mourned, laughed, “was tempted in every way as we are yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

Because of Jesus, because He lived, suffered, died, and rose, all who believe have the privilege of truly knowing God. No longer are we separated from Him through the enmity of sin, no longer are we alienated from His presence, no longer do we tremble in fear of His wrath, for through the blood of His cross Jesus has granted us true peace! And here’s the beautiful thing: we don’t deserve it, we can’t deserve it, and we never will. All of us are broken, depraved, sinners, none of us is good enough to stand before God and no amount of hard work, morality, or cleaning up our act will change that. As Isaiah says, even our righteousness is as dirt rags before God (Isaiah 64:6). Stop striving, stop trying to earn God’s favor… it’s an offense to Him. Christ’s death was more than sufficient to make you right with God and there is nothing you can do to add or take away from that; the work is done.

So rest, rest in the finished work of Christ, rest in the favor of God bestowed upon you who have trusted in Christ alone as your only hope in life and death. Rest and be content with Him as your glory, Him as your treasure, Him as your joy.

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