by Candace Lilyquist
Readings: Psalm 95, Exodus 16:1-8, Colossians 1:15-23
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of [a] 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, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. Colossians 1: 21-23
In summary, our sinful self is reconciled through Christ’s death. When we continue in faith and hold firm to the hope established in the gospel, we will be holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation. This is the good news of our salvation as told by Timothy to God’s holy people in Colossae.
The verses of today all remind us of the power of God in our lives. The power and omnipotence of God is a re-occurring theme. The verses also remind us of who we are in relation to our powerful Father. We are in relationship with God by faith and by choice. And, with all God’s power, God leaves the power of choosing to be a follower in our hands.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son. We humbly acknowledge the power you have in our lives. And, we choose to follow you as Christians. We welcome you parent and protector as we work to do your will on this earth.