Monday, June 16, 2014
The Look That Works
If, however, our “measurement” is God’s gift of never-ending righteousness in Christ, His gift of “It is well, and you are too,” then we will enjoy the fact that we have been taken from the kingdom of darkness and put into the kingdom of the Son. That’s where we are. Only by believing (and sometimes newly believing again and again!) that we are where God says we are, and that we are how God says we are can we accurately measure ourselves. In other words, that’s the only way we can live with the person we think we are! It’s the only way—the only true way. And that’s when the pressure eases, because we’re enjoying the riches of our inheritance—the gift—given to us in Christ.
The GOOD NEWS, the big deal, is that we had nothing to do with achieving or earning the gift; we are happy receivers only and always! And by looking at it, by enjoying the gift, we are built up and encouraged in Him. That’s how this all works—that’s how WE work—by looking at the gift! God set it up for us.
I know it doesn’t fit with the pressures and measurements of this world, and, really, you can keep immersing yourself and swimming in the crazy currents of this world’s identity measurements if you like. But the truth is, they don’t work! And you don’t fit. Jesus took care of all that by taking care of you.
Now watch this—pay attention to how you feel as you read the following, which was written for you:
“. . . joyfully give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you (in other words, He has made you right! It is well, and you are too.) to share in the inheritance (the gifted inheritance) of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:12-14, italics mine.)
Already and all done! You’re in and you’ve got it all. No worries. Remember?
(This is a transcript of an August 2013 video, “The Look That Works,” and is intended for those who might rather read than watch. To see the video and/or to subscribe, click http://youtu.be/x3WzwNfcG5k.)