Isn’t it funny how we sometimes end up preaching the exact thing we need to hear? This weekend I began a series in Colossians called ‘completely complete‘. The idea is that Paul writes this letter to ensure that the Christians know they are complete in Christ, because Christ is complete in his Person (chapter 1), and achieved a complete work on the cross (chapter 2). In the light of this we need to have a complete change (chapter 3) and obey a complete commission (chapter 4).
In my experience we tend to feel either unqualified or disqualified as Christians. It was Nigel Pollock on UCCF Relay training 10 years ago that helped me to understand this. That is, we sometimes feel that we cannot be confident/ bold/ effective/ victorious/ or whatever term you use, because you are either:
–Unqualified: you are too young, don’t know enough, or haven’t experienced something
–Disqualified: you have blown it morally, or just been lazy spiritually
Yet, Colossians teaches us that we are qualified in Christ, that He has done everything for us. Therefore we need never feel unqualified or disqualified because it is dependent upon Jesus and His cross – thus it can never change!
This is what Paul prays in chapter 1:
12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
I thank God that I have been qualified by Jesus. That nothing depends on me – but everything depends on Him.