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Colossians 1:19-22 – Heavens resume written for you

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – heaven declares me to be the man I want to be. I will accept the declaration and stop my attempts to write it myself.
Colossians 1:19-22 NLT
[19] For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, [20] and through him, God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. [21] This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. [22] Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through 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.

Observation

Blameless, without fault, holy, reconciled to God, at peace with God, welcome in his presence. This is your resume, this is everyone’s resume. There is no in and out crowd, there is no criteria or performance to achieve this resume. Through, and by him, this has happened and is attributed to you. Your resume is the result of his doing. In the world my resume lists my hard-earned achievements, in heavens economy, my resume is gifted to me by his achievements. It’s all him and nothing of me.
So when you turn up in his presence be assured of who you are. Come boldly, that’s why the resume. Come frequently without any reason for exclusion, that’s why the resume. Come knowing you are welcome, that’s why the resume. It seems so often when I think of God I allow my performance to write my resume and then look at myself as unqualified for the position of his presence. But God is completely uninterested in my created resume in terms of qualified for presence and love, he is only interested in the resume he has credited to me. Tear up that self-made resume, it will always fall short, that’s why his resume was given.
We must hear the passion of God here. He desperately and joyfully wants me in his presence, to share his love and life with me. That’s why the resume. You got the job before you had an interview. The job was yours, the resume was written for you before you even expressed any interest. This is the purpose of life, being present to the presence of God, experiencing him, his love, mercy, peace, and grace, and then reflecting that back into the world as the image of your true self. We have an acceptable resume for the job before we get a start. God knows it’s only from the position of blameless, without fault, holy, reconciled to God, at peace with God, welcome in his presence, will we become the people we were created to be. Living the life of God is not hard work undertaken in my strength, it’s a reflection of my personal encounter in his presence where I understand that I am like him, made in his image. It’s reflection, not imitation. It’s my identity, not commands to follow. It’s being yoked to him, not the burden of a heavy load. It’s only when you have the resume given to you do you become the resume written over you.


Application

I will know my resume and live from its fullness. I will never return to personal resume writing, it’s too hard and I stuff it up. I will live blameless, without fault, holy, reconciled to God, at peace with God, welcome in his presence, all because he has written this over my life.


Response

Thank you for my resume, thank you that you wrote and I party. Thank you for the incredible blessing of the life this resume opens to me and everyone. I love living in the freedom and power of this declaration over me. This is a good life.


Meditation

Meditation – I am blameless, without fault, holy, reconciled to God, at peace with God, welcome in his presence.
Consider:
How often do you try and clean up your written resume to be qualified for the presence of God?
Is it time to hand over the pen and enjoy the freedom of what’s been written over you?


JOURNEY DEEPER
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