|Is Your Faith Drifting?
By Greg Sanders
Colossians 1:22 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.23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.
There are two facts about every true Christian that we all have in common. First is the fact that we have all sinned and fallen short of the plan that God has for our life. The Bible says like a sheep we have all wondered off and had to be rescued. The second fact that all Christians have in common is that we have all been redeemed. One of the major implications of being redeemed is that our sins have been removed and when we stand before God, we are blameless in His sight. That is a wonderful thing that is not possible any other away except through faith in Jesus.
However, once you follow Jesus for a season, something happens that trips many believers up. Since Christians are still one hundred percent human, they still fail. You sin again and again. As you live longer, you discover that there is still this sin problem that keeps reoccurring. This is where a problem begins. The assurance you had at salvation that your sins were forgiven can become lessoned by the current struggle you are facing. Paul teaches in Colossians 1:23 not to let your assurance of who you are in Christ drift. The voice of the enemy condemning you and you presenting knowledge of your shortcomings can work together to weaken your assurance of salvation. When your assurance of who you are in Christ begins to drift, your ability to stand for Him, serve Him, and enjoy His presence begins to drift also. Remember that His salvation is greater than your sin past, present, and future. 1 John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. God does not want you to live life drifting, but rather He wants you living secure in Him. That security comes by living honest before God and depending on Him.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t allow your personal knowledge of sin rob you of the great gift of salvation. God’s grace is more than sufficient for your struggle today. Confess your sin and your concerns to God and trust Him to take care of you. Take full assurance that He loves you and in Him you are clean, called, and chosen.