Christ From Hostile to Hopeful
Have you ever felt disqualified?
Being left out, judged, or rejected stinks. Those feelings and experiences are hostile, they are against us and we all can relate in not wanting to experience them in the future.
Have you ever felt valued?
Being seen as worthy, important, and wanted feels good. Those feelings and experiences give us hope. They give us something to hold on to when things get tough. We all can relate in wanting to experience hope in the future.
In Colossians 1:21-23 Paul writes; “(21) and you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, (22) he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, (23) if indeed you continue in faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which, I Paul, became a minister”.
As Easter approaches, we must be reminded that we were once alienated, left out and against God by living in our sin. We also must be reminded of the hope and truth that has reconciled us; making peace with our sin through his death.
Through faith in him, and the hope of the gospel that endures all pain and hostility. We must rejoice and proclaim Jesus with our lives.
Has there ever been a time in your life where you have been hostile (against) God?
Has there ever been a time in your life where you were held hope in God?
How often do you think about the hope we have in Christ?
What things can distract you from that?
Takeaway: Our lives are living breathing proof of the hope of Christ, live your life centered around him.