Today I’m reflecting on the mere fact that I am sinful. As a human, we are all born sinful and have nothing within ourselves to earn favor with God. However, the glory of the gospel rests in the fact that
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
Praise God that He chose me to share in the inheritance of faith (Hebrews 9:14-15; Ephesians 1:13-21). What a marvelous gift! Freedom is found in the saving work of Christ upon that cross long ago, realizing that I am worthy and loved just as I am. I am forgiven of any and all sins I have ever committed and will ever commit in the future. It is not my work, but Christ’s, that redeems me (Galatians 2:20-21; Ephesians 2:8-9).
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:9-14