Righteous Through Christ

Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (v. 30).

Combining paint with small hands can be disastrous, but it was Father’s Day. We had an interesting craft we were going to make for all the fathers, so here we sat around a table wearing great big paint shirts to protect fancy church clothes and dripping bright paint into little glass jars. As small hands wiped at excess paint and spilled colors onto the table, the teacher doubted her wisdom. This project was a mess! Another version of these verses says, “God chose what the world considers low-class and low-life — what is considered to be nothing — to reduce what is considered to be something to nothing.” Parents can look at a smudged, mixed-up gift and see only the small hands responsible for it. They ignore the odd color choices and understand the learning process. Fathers know how silly that picture holder might look on the desk at work, yet still display it happily because of the one whose effort created it. Aren’t you glad our Heavenly Father views our lives the same way? He sees and blesses us not based on our own works but on the righteousness Jesus gives us. He will not reward us with heavenly homes because of what we earn but because of what Jesus offers us. (Michelle D. Avery)

Lord, thank you for your wonderful gifts!

2019-01-16T10:00:33+00:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

God's Greatness in Redemption

Read Colossians 1:14-17

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins (v. 14).
I remember well those early days of ministry in my first pastorate some 35-plus years ago, and I remember an elderly gentleman named Arnold who regularly attended the services. When the congregation was given the opportunity to select a hymn to be sung, Arnold would request No. 247 and then not sing a word. Arnold just sat quietly with tears coursing down his weather-worn, wrinkled, leatherlike cheeks as we sang, Redeemed, Redeemed, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Arnold had not been raised in the church but had a godly grandmother like mine in his childhood. He had lived a rough sinners life well into adulthood. But one day the Saviour knocked at his heart's door, and Arnold confessed his sin, sought and found forgiveness, and experienced the redemption of saving grace made possible by our Saviour Jesus Christ. Yes, Arnold knew the full price had been paid because our loving God was great in giving redemption through Jesus His Son. (John 3:16)
The greatness of God has been manifested for you in the blood of Jesus that has paid the full price for your redemption. Have you accepted that redemption? (Marshall Mosley)

Redeemed, redeemed,
His child, and forever, I am.
- Fanny J. Crosby (Public Domain)

p style="text-align:center;font-style:italic;">The full price has been paid for your soul. Live a redeemed life.
This devotional is the Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.

2016-09-28T09:00:00+00:00September 28th, 2016|Categories: Opening the Word|Tags: |0 Comments
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