Monday, April 14, 2014
Today’s Topic: The Cross Qualifies
Today’s Text: Colossians 1:12-23 (ESV) …giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Recently I was asked to make application to serve on the board of directors of a world-wide mission organization. As a part of the application process, I need to furnish the president of the mission with a full resume listing my experience and qualifications for the position. As with any application for a position, whether volunteering or seeking employment, there is always a question of whether or not the boss will think we are qualified.
It is very easy to live under the burden of performance-based qualification. The chains of this bondage are powerful, causing us to live in constant fear that we haven’t done enough to be qualified or that others have not noticed what we have done so that they will qualify us. “Who has qualified you?” That question drives us more than we might be willing to admit.
I discovered the answer to that nagging question many years ago, and because I have told the story before I won’t go into detail. But for me, the chain-breaker was the following passage of Scripture. I simply want to share it with you and let the Holy Spirit minister God’s grace to your heart as you study it. I think it is an appropriate place to start this holy week of remembering Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. It resolves the eternal conflict of qualification once and for all.
Colossians 1:12-23 (ESV)
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 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 the 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.
Now, who has qualified you?