Yesterday, scripture taught us the wonderful traits of our identity in God’s eyes versus the grim and despondent characteristics of our identity when we WERE once separated from God.
Holy, blameless, faultless, reconciled, redeemed.
Those are incredible things to be defined and identified by. But let’s be honest- more often than not, that’s not how we really see ourselves. It’s easy to let our human nature (doubt, shame, fear, etc.) get in the way of our confidence to believe good things about ourselves. It’s easy to say those great things and then follow them up with a “BUT”.
‘Well, God says I’m holy… but I didn’t get my bible time in today…or this week…’
‘God says I’m faultless… buuuut I lost my temper on my kids and spouse.’
‘God says I’m redeemed… buuuut I’m still feeling anxious and keeping the faith is really hard right now.’
Every one of these ‘buts’ deter us from the truth of what God says and is a lie straight from the enemy.
Today, we’re diving into verse 23 which helps us to take action towards living a life of healthy CONFIDENCE in our identity.
“You must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.” Colossians 1:23
Perhaps easier said than done. But it’s so important to stand firm in who God says you are!
The Good News… the Gospel truth- that we all fall short of the glory of God, but through Jesus Christ, we are gifted eternal life. Jesus was sent, crucified, and buried (along with our sins). Jesus rose from the dead and all who believe in Him and receive Him rose to new life with Him.
To me, that GOOD NEWS is absolutely worth standing firm in and for.
SO, as holy, faultless, blameless, redeemed, followers of Jesus, it is a great honor to share that news to anyone who will listen.
“The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, __________ (insert your name), have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.”