My Christmas break has been pretty easygoing. I’ve been home for three days: spending time with family, baking like crazy, wrapping presents, going to my siblings’ basketball games, and reading. Almost 100% stress-free!
The thing is, the simplicity of home and the easy rhythms of a break quiet everything in me, even the spiritual. My need for God feels less obvious when I’m not busy. It’s easy to feel indifferent.
That’s why I’m so glad that I read Colossians 1 yesterday. It startled me back to reality. Here’s an amazing section of it. Read it slowly, considering the meaning of each phrase:
This reality is crazy! Before Jesus, we were God’s enemies: alienated from him because of our sin-sickness. That’s terrifying. But He answered this spiritual problem with a physical rescue: God in the flesh! This is the perplexing, joyful reality we celebrate this time of the year. Anyone who puts their trust in Jesus’ work will be saved and changed. God now sees us as totally, entirely clean.
Free from accusation.
That’s a hard thing to wrap my mind around, because I often feel guilty: after consciously sinning, being selfish, comparing myself to ‘better’ Christians, or saying something harsh. . . The list could go on and on. Sin distances us from God.
But Christ came to bring peace.
And now, everything is radically changed. The children of God are fully redeemed! There is no such thing as ‘halfway-forgiven’ or ‘kind of okay with God.’ Jesus’ work in saving us is complete the second we trust him.
I’m trying to keep my eyes open to this amazing truth and battle indifference. Jesus came to earth as an externally ordinary baby but later brought breathtaking transformation. Every bit of glory, beauty, and wonder in this season should remind us: We are completely changed.
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Follow me on social media for post updates!