Colossians 1: 21-22
How might you answer if someone were to ask you, “who are you?”
First, I’m sure I would be thinking ‘okay, that’s an odd way to start off a conversation but….’ I’m ______. I’m ____ years old. I’m from _____ and I love to _______.
Maybe you’re like me and it’s easy (and even normalized) to define yourselves to others and to yourself by your name, age, hobbies, relationships, personality traits, enneagram number, etc.
All of those things are small pieces to complex puzzle that makes up who we are as human beings- but not at all the make up of who you were created to be and who you are in the eyes of our wonderful creator. (PS, that’s God.)
Let’s take a look at Colossians 1:21.
“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions.”
So going back to the original question, “who are you?”
Well, according to Colossians 1:21, we’re pretty much the worst. (Super encouraging, right?)
We were evil, we’re sinners, an enemy of God, and ultimately separated from the goodness of God.
Can I tell you my favorite part of this verse?
The simple, four letter word with a big impact.
W E R E .
“YOU who WERE” Past tense.
Were, meaning in the past.
Were, meaning no longer.
Were, meaning those things USED to define us.
“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.” Colossians 1:22
So then…. who are you? Say this out loud.
I am ________ (insert name here.)
I am holy.
I am blameless.
I am faultless in the eyes of my Father.
I am reconciled.
I am redeemed.