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Morning: Colossians 1:28
I felt like I really blew my opportunity to impress the other night when I did a presentation for work. I knew that I had another chance to make up for it but my presentation Monday evening was a little less than inspiring. I think I confused more people than I educated. But Tuesday brought hope and sure enough all went well. Have you ever felt a little like that spiritually? Maybe you blew it big time or maybe it was failing to live up to what was required of you. Sure, we all know that to be a routine aspect of the Christian life. But, I am not here to tell you that you can have your best life now by following the next seven steps to maximize happiness and feel better about yourself. Instead, we preach the message of the Gospel. We’re sinners who fail because we’re fallen. But we have been redeemed by and reconciled to God. In that process we have been given the perfect righteousness of Christ. He has presented “every man” (and woman) perfect in Christ. That means that when I sin I’m not cast out. When I fail, God sees me as though I was victorious. It does not mean that I am led to sin because grace covers me but it does mean that I can have full assurance when I do!
Evening: Luke 2:20
Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
They went back, they did not stay complacent. They went back to their fields and back to the very people that called them unworthy to be around. God made them audience to a vast host of angelic voices and then beckoned them to the very throne room of God on earth. But back at home they were not accepted. Back at their jobs they had no status. Rather than interpret this truth by thinking that they were worthy of praise and significance they clearly saw that it was God who was valuable. Their response was glory to God, not to self.
“Let us, then, glorify and praise God for a Savior so precious, and so satisfying.” (Spurgeon, p. 57)