Colossians 1:21–23 (ESV)
The Preeminence of Christ
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 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, 23 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.
Today’s reading is a
continuation of yesterdays and is speaking about conversion. The “you” is ... well... YOU and the he is Jesus. We were alienated and hostile to God. When we hear the Gospel, faith is created. Not by us, but by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit converts us, but we often try to take credit for this ourselves. Again, we were hostile before and the conversion comes from the Holy Spirit. In fact, we don’t even ask for it. I never asked for Jesus to die for my sins,
but he did it anyway. We look at Paul’s own life, he was on his way to persecute Christians... he didn’t want to be one! But Jesus met him on the road to Damascus and Paul becomes a changed man. This ties in with Roman’s
10:17 “faith comes form hearing, hearing the words of Christ.” I give thanks that Jesus has intervened in my life and reconciled me back to God.
I pray: O Lord, we want to take credit
for our own faith, but you make it clear that it comes from outside of our selves. In fact you point to our faith before the creation of the world. How can I take credit for your work? I humbly repent of my sins and receive your forgiveness.
Forgiveness that I did not ask for, but I give thanks to you. Amen.