Week Four Word: Holy and Blameless
Week Three Text: Colossians 1:22
Written By: Diana Dunne
“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (Colossians 1:22 NLT)
Holy. It is word associated with a whole host of words that connect, wrap around each other and define one another: consecrated, sacred, dedicated, devoted, pure. Especially when applied to me personally, it is a word I struggle with–as if my brain cannot hold the concept. I cannot envision myself without my flaws.
If I asked you to list your faults right now, what would you say? Don’t think about it, just blurt out the first word(s) that come to your mind. ___________________________________________.
That was easy, wasn’t it? Guess what? God says you’re lying. “Oh Diana! That is too strong a term. I’m just being honest. I know Jesus died for me, and He made me righteous through His sacrificial blood, but….”
Hold it right there, sisters. God gets to have the “buts,” not us.
I just passed my 64th anniversary of living in this body. Believe me, I am painfully aware that I live in a world where nothing seems holy and everything seems blame-worthy. And if I get my eyes on myself, I am full of faults and blame, too. But God (see how this works?) brings me into His presence, holy and blameless, through the death of Christ.
Let me put this on a purely physical level. Why do we take showers? Well, that’s simple. We get dirty. It’s a dirty world out there, and we get gross, and we need to wash it off of us. Do we believe the water and soap and shampoo will clean it off? Sure. Will we need to shower again? Of course. Just because we have to return for another shower, should we give up, quit showering, and live in our filth?
Ok, I’ll stop. But you get the point. Ladies, we must get it into our spirits that the stuff that clings to our saved souls is not of our saved souls. Our faults and our blame were carried away at the cross. Jesus took the “ultimate shower” for us, so to speak. “As a result,” the scripture says, “you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” Wow!
Wow. I have been buying into a whole pack of lies for a very long time. How about you? I can accept that Christ is holy because He’s…well, He’s Christ. But me? (What did I tell you? See how easy it is to adopt the “buts” that belong to God?)
Yes, me. Yes, you. We are holy. We are blameless. Congratulations. We did nothing to earn it; we are nothing in and of ourselves that we should receive it. But God decided before the foundation of the world to love us and chose us to be in Christ (see Ephesians 1:4).
So pass the soap. I’ve gotta get this worldly stuff off of me, because I am holy and blameless.
1. Think of one of the faults you mentally listed as you read the second paragraph. If you no longer believed this was true about you, how would that change you?
2. The blame game. How would your relationships be different if your refused to blame yourself or those around you?
3. This week, write “I am holy and blameless” and tape it to your bathroom mirror. Speak these words over yourself at least once every day. On Friday, reflect on how it impacted your days.