‘When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ’ (Colossians 2:13)
On Sunday, we looked at how the gospel message should start to affect our identity and sense of value. We saw that we so often find our value in what we do, but that this is an unstable place to look to for security. But in the gospel, we find that our value is not in what we do, but what has been done for us. Christ gave up everything so that we might be forgiven, adopted, and brought into the kingdom of God.
I’ve been mulling over what it might look like if we based our security firmly on the finished work of Christ for us, not on what we ourselves do. Here are 5 that come immediately to mind.
1) We can take criticism from others because we know our standing before Christ.
2) We don’t overwork, and can rest well, because we aren’t slaves to the opinions of our employers.
3) We don’t strive to find approval from others because we know we already have God’s approval in Christ.
4) We don’t compare ourselves to others (favourably or unfavourably) because the ground at the foot of the cross is completely level.
5) We can be open and vulnerable regarding our weaknesses and failures because the cross is a demonstration to the whole world that we are broken, so we don’t have to pretend.
How many more can you come up with?