Colossians 1:9 "For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."
Man can you really add anything to a passage so beautiful?
It's all about what He has done, is doing, and will continue to do. He has rescued us from darkness and is transforming us into a child of Light. It is a process, not an event, yet we are as forgiven in our current condition as we will ever be. We don't get more accepted or more loved or more saved as we grow. We just become more healthy.
This week I had lunch with a pastor of another church. He and his church affiliation shall remain nameless. He told me a story that made me shake my head with sadness. He had a church where the members were fighting and treating each other just horribly while each side was claiming they were more holy than the other.
Finally not knowing what else to do he tried to preach them out of the pit of dysfunction they were in. He shared from Daniel 6 that when God rescued Daniel from the den of lions one verse says it was because Daniel believed in God. (Saved by faith) and another verse says God rescued Daniel because an excellent spirit was found in him (salvation by works???).
The pastor's point was that believing in God causes you to walk with God and walking with God changes you. His final blunt point was that you can't live like the devil and claim you walk with the Son...
Well someone in his church took his sermon and passed it on to those above the pastor. The sermon incredibly made it to the highest governing body of his denomination. The accusation was heresy. They claimed he was teaching that we work our way to heaven by being good. The governing body voted on whether this pastor was a heretic. He was one vote from losing his right to preach in that church. One vote.
Is it heresy that walking with Jesus changes us? How sad that after 2000 years all we want from Jesus is freedom from guilt so we can continue to live like the devil but guilt free. How tragic. Our brokenness is indeed deep.
May I encourage you with this reality. Jesus went too far and loves us too much to leave us as we are. He is the Healer. Rest in His ability. It is His work from first to last but we can stop Him. We can refuse Him. We can continue to live like the devil if we choose but why would we choose that? Choose healing. Go all the way with Jesus. All the way Home.