Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Have you ever moved? I’m sure you have. Now, I do not mean moved as in turned off Netflix and gone outside because the sun was out. But like moved from one home to another. To me, one of the most annoying things about moving (besides lugging around the seemingly endless boxes of books that I’ll probably never read again) is learning the new muscle memory when pulling out or putting away dishes. I don’t know why it’s so difficult for me. We’ve lived in our current place for a year now and I still can’t grab a cup without putting some thought into it. OK, maybe it’s just me, and maybe I need some help. But I know this: instincts are real. And when they’re developed, they are really difficult to break.
In this passage, Paul reminds the the people of Colossae that they’ve been rescued out of their old life and brought into a new life; a life found in Christ and lived out by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Him our old instincts are redeemed and new ones are formed. Instincts towards prayer, and faith, and forgiveness. Instincts towards sacrifice and generosity and being focused on others. But again, instincts are hard to change. Redemption happens both in an instant when we put our faith in Christ, and also as we walk with Jesus over time.
As we learn to follow Christ’s leading, He covers our mistakes with His forgiveness. We don’t need to allow our failures to keep us distanced from Him. He’s the one who brought us into His kingdom when we were most distant. He’s the one who keeps us in His kingdom as we “work out our salvation” as Paul writes to the Philippians.
This is the good news we have: That Christ takes us as we are and walks with us as we become more like Him. It’s the good news that has changed our lives, and it’s the good news that will change our city.
And you have that good news! This week someone around needs to hear it. Who is it in your sphere of influence?
-Pastor Cris Buck