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. (Colossians 1:21-23 ESV)
This evening was the State of Origin rugby league 3rd match in a best of 3. To non Australians and NZ this may not seem like a big deal, but I’d go ad far as to call it the equivalent of the NBA All Star Weekend of Rugby League, maybe swap the gimmicks for mid game scrappy fights.
Of course I’m a Queensland Maroons supporter, and have been since I was in high school. Tonight’s game was a close one, but yes, the maroons just won, sealing their eighth State of Origin victory in a row. Although another Queensland “try” was almost interrupted by a certain NSW “derobed” fan who ran out into the line of play, the game went on, and Queensland won.
You see even with these interruptions, the victory was already on the cards.
Jesus victory is seeing us be reconciled from a state of alienation and hostility, to being stable and steadfast in Him. That’s a win in the Kingdom, and His desire for us as our King, and no matter what interruption attempts would be made, nothing can separate you from His love.
alienated and hostile in mind
Ever felt like your mind was either tormented in isolation or frantic with hostility? This is that original state that the Gospel finds us, either attempting to get our own thing going alienated from community, or so overwhelmed with anxiety that your mind appears to need a wheelchair. Thank God that we can be reconciled and embrace the work of the cross.
holy and blameless
There’s a difference between being isolated and being “set apart”. Isolation attempts to draw away from an omnipresent God. Being holy is to be set apart unto the omnipresent God for Him. It’s also through the cross that we are made blameless – an anxious, hostile mind is constantly looking for someone to blame, including ourselves. Christ on the cross removes all need to blame anyone any longer – yes, we are responsible for our sin, and His wrath is duly ours. But his blood renders us blameless.
stable and steadfast
We see ourselves move forward in our growth as sons and daughters of God in His solidarity. It’s impossible to experience this stability and steadfastness without the constant and increasing depth of revelation of the Gospel. The Gospel offers stability if we learn to trust in the work of the cross daily.
reflection question: how stable and steadfast is your life right now? Why/why not? Would you be willing to trust God for his solidarity in every area of your life? Why/why not?