“yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach”-Colossians 1:22 (NASB)
About a month or so ago I met a homeless woman in the park. My family and I were with a friend and we felt led to give the woman some money. I took the money to her and was able to have a conversation.
When I stepped up to her, she was bundled up due to the cold weather. The homeless shelter was full and there was no place to take her in.
I asked if I could pray for her and she gave me a puzzled look. I shared with her that I was a pastor and the conversation instantly shifted.
She began to share her story. She was raised in the church and her kids loved the Lord, but she had made some mistakes. She did not go into detail, but she began to share how horrible she was. She started saying, “I am a bad person. I have done bad things. I am horrible.” She shared her name with me and proceeded to say, “It’s a dumb name. I hate it.”
I stopped her and said, “Your name is beautiful. You may have made mistakes, but you are not bound by them. God loves you and Jesus came so you could be free from the burden of your mistakes.”
I began to pray, and as she held my hand and rubbed it on her cheek as I prayed, I could feel a sense of peace come upon me. I could see her demeanor had changed as well.
It’s amazing how seeking Christ and His healing can cause our perspective to shift on our trials and pain.
Through this experience and interaction, I realized there are so many people walking with this same self-image. There are so many who have been unable to accept God’s message of healing and reconciliation. They continue to believe they are worthless, horrible, stupid, etc. and the truth of Jesus’ purpose has been lost.
What about you? How do you feel? DO you feel like your stains are too deep? Do you believe that your past is impenetrable and not even Christ’s blood can redeem it?
Let me take this opportunity to tell you, you’re wrong!
Colossians 1:21 tells us that we are victims of our own mind and desires, which caused us to be separated from God and His glory. Yet, Christ came, and in verse 22 we see that through His sacrifice our blemishes are gone.
You have been made clean by the blood of Jesus. His life and death brought freedom to the world.
Through the life and death of Jesus, you have received the ability to rest in this life from the burden of your mistakes.
As you walk in this life, accept the freedom. Trust the words of Jesus. Believe in the truth that you are now reconnected with God and made clean in His eyes.
You can no longer sit in despair and believe the lie that you are not salvageable.
You are loved by God. You are accepted by Him through His Son. Your flaws are not too much for Him. Allow that truth to sink in today.
May you receive a new identity. May you see you have been restored to your rightful place in and through the life of Jesus. May you receive rest in this life due to the death of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: What lies have you believed about yourself that keep you from going deeper with Jesus?