and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,”
Col. 1:13; NASB
This is a crazy world. Some things we hear about on the evening news everyday sound more like the plot of a horror movie than a report of the day’s events. For Christians, this should come as no surprise. The Bible shows repeatedly how every time a society falls away from God it pays a severe price. Regardless of how much God offers his love there will always be those who refuse to accept it. From Adam and Eve (Gen. 3), to Cain and Abel (Gen. 4), and on through the ages the Bible gives examples of God offering a way out of needless pain and suffering. A serious reading of the Psalms shows how peace and joy come from drawing near to God while ignoring Him brings despair.
We have an enemy who tirelessly works to lure us into destroying ourselves. Notice I said he lures us into “destroying ourselves.” In the Garden, Adam and Eve were in God’s kingdom. The devil knew he didn’t have the power or authority to remove them from the Garden. He had to devise a way to make them do it themselves, and they took the bait. Before Cain killed Abel, God said to him: “You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master” (Gen. 4:7; NLT). Cain chose to let sin master him and killed his brother.
Regarding sin, nothing has changed in the thousands of years that have transpired since that time. Sin is always crouching at the door, but we must master it. The thing is, we cannot master it on our own. In fact, we do not have the slightest chance of defeating sin in our lives. God’s plan all along was to provide us with One who could. That One, the only One, is Jesus Christ.
Ever since that fateful day in the Garden we have been born into sin. God provided His Son as the ultimate sacrificial Lamb. Although Himself sinless, He died for our sins. “He rescued us from the domain of darkness” by offering Himself to die instead of us. His death transferred us into His kingdom forever. As Paul so perfectly explains it: “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Gal. 2:20; NASB)
Through faith in Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the power and authority to do the right things even when there is chaos all around us. This is a crazy world, and it is getting crazier by the minute. As believers, we are no longer a part of the darkness in the world, but carriers of the Light of Christ. We must choose to let that Light shine for all to see.
Have a great week and God bless.
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